Children fined for bad behaviour

5th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

5 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – Minors that harass passers by or vandalise property in Amsterdam could soon be subject to a "troublemaker fine."

5 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – Minors that harass passers by or vandalise property in Amsterdam could soon be subject to a "troublemaker fine."

The young troublemaker will have to appear at the police station with his parents where they will be given the choice of either paying a EUR 250 fine, or doing some good deed to remedy the situation, repairing the damage caused for instance.

The Amsterdam city council adopted a motion from the Christian Democrat CDA on Wednesday committing it to explore the possibilities for this kind of fine.

The Christian democrats hope the fine will help combat trouble caused by young people hanging about the streets by involving their parents.

In order to avoid the fine, parents will also have to commit to take some action – to keep a better eye on their children for instance.

Parents having difficulty handling their children will be offered support.

The CDA took the idea of a "troublemaker fine" from the Belgian city of Mechelen, where such a fine as been in place for some time.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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