Dutch news in brief, 1 May 2006

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Motorist ploughs into caravan, An 85-year-old woman from Assen accidentally drove her car into a mobile home at a camp site in Zuidlaren on Saturday. The motorist suffered a broken leg. Police believe the woman became unwell while driving and put too much pressure on the accelerator. The car crashed through the fence of the camp site at full speed and rammed straight into the mobile home.

Motorist ploughs into caravan

An 85-year-old woman from Assen accidentally drove her car into a mobile home at a camp site in Zuidlaren on Saturday. The motorist suffered a broken leg. Police believe the woman became unwell while driving and put too much pressure on the accelerator. The car crashed through the fence of the camp site at full speed and rammed straight into the mobile home.

No weapons detected on Queen's Day

Amsterdam police have confirmed they did not detect any weapons during a mass frisking of the public attending Queen's Day events on Saturday evening. A spokesperson said the operation was announced in advance in the hope it would act as a deterrent. Mayor Job Cohen told local television station AT5 on Thursday that the operation would be held in main squares in the city centre after 9.30pm because in recent years "very many weapons" had been brought to these evening events.

Capital sells off ballot boxes

Amsterdam is selling off 900 red ballot boxes and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity. The boxes are no longer needed as the city has moved over to electronic voting. Each box costs EUR 25. The Municipal Council is also looking for buyers for 5,000 red pencils.

Dutch electricity prices 'too high'

Electricity prices in the Netherlands are relatively high when compared with the rest of Europe. The Netherlands is among the top three countries in Europe in terms of price, Statistics Netherlands reported. Dutch households at the beginning of the year paid 20 cents per kilowatt hour. Only Denmark and Italy had higher prices. Households in most European countries paid between 10 and 15 cents. Greece has the lowest rate, less than 10 cents. Power prices in the Netherlands have risen by 40 percent in the last six years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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