Belgian news in brief, 19 September 2006

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15,000 stalking complaints in 2005

15,000 stalking complaints in 2005

Police received more than 15,000 complaints about stalking last year, seven times the amount recorded in 2000, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported. Leuven Catholic University criminologist Anne Groenen said the public is more inclined to report problems than times past. Police are also better informed about the law and are more quickly record crimes as stalking. One in five stalking cases end up in court. Stalking complaints are mainly lodged by estranged partners.
Healthy modelling code looms

Flemish Health Minister Inge Vervotte wants to enter into talks with mental health specialists and nutritionists over the problematic influence of anorexic-like models. The talks could result in the drawing up a voluntary code of conduct for modelling bureaus and the advertising sector. The talks come after model collapsed and died on a Uruguay catwalk last month and a Madrid fashion show said last week no anorexic models would be allowed.

Brussels metro celebrates 30 years

The Brussels metro system will celebrate its 30th birthday on Wednesday. The special occasion will be celebrated at various metro stations with animation and performances. Commuters will be greeted by performances such as Crazy Frog to arts and craft stalls and an exhibition of 30 miniature metro networks.

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