Border checks for fireworks discontinued

30th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 November 2007, THE HAGUE – The justice department has stopped holding large scale checks for fireworks at the Belgian border. Instead the public prosecution department is focusing on large dealers in illegal fireworks.

30 November 2007

THE HAGUE – The justice department has stopped holding large scale checks for fireworks at the Belgian border. Instead the public prosecution department is focusing on large dealers in illegal fireworks.

A spokesperson for the prosecution department said this on Friday after a report in the Telegraaf. The prosecution department is no longer holding nationwide organised border checks, but police in the southern part of the country are still checking private individuals for illegal fireworks.

The justice department has shifted its attention to the large dealers in the hope that this approach will be more effective. These dealers are responsible for distributing large quantities of fireworks throughout the Netherlands, the prosecution department says.

In the past fireworks shops just over the border with Belgium were kept under surveillance by Dutch undercover detectives. They called in the license numbers of Dutch people who had loaded fireworks into their cars to their colleagues in the Netherlands. The cars were pulled over as soon as they crossed the Dutch border.

This method was too intensive and inefficient, the justice department says. That is why a new approach was launched last year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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