Dutch news in brief, 13 December 2004

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Man accused of sex chat with girl, 9

Man accused of sex chat with girl, 9

The public prosecutor demanded a 240-hour work order and a six-month suspended jail term in Haarlem Court on Monday against a 29-year-old man accused of having sexually-explicit conversations over the internet with a nine-year-old girl. The man, identified as A. van der M., of Boxmeer, has admitted the chats got considerably out of hand, but said he was not aware the girl was so young, RTL News reported. The prosecutor claims the man showed the girl his penis via a webcam and later masturbated. He is also accused of telling the girl how she could masturbate herself. The court will hand down its ruling on 24 December.

Amersfoort left not so high and dry

Parts of Amersfoort, plus Leusden, Baarn, Soest and Hooglanderveen were left without water on Monday morning because of a burst pipe. A 50cm transport pipe sprung a leak at a Hydron pumping station and millions of litres of water flooded the entry to the A28 motorway at Amersfoort. The fire brigade was called in to clear the road and the all-clear was given at about 1.15pm. The cause of the burst pipe is not yet known. Hydron has shut the pipe off and water supply was returned to Amersfoort residents, albeit with inconsistent pressure.

Emergency lanes open to reduce traffic delays

The emergency lane along the A50 motorway from the Heteren entry onwards was opened as a peak-hour lane on Monday, as was the emergency lane along the A28 at Zwolle. The lanes have been modified for traffic safety and were only opened after a test phase, the Transport Ministry said. It is hoped the use of the lanes will reduce traffic delays and the government plans to invest a further EUR 460 million in the nation's road network in coming years to improve the flow of traffic. A further 12 emergency lanes will be used as peak-hour lanes next year.

That's not a boat…

The Netherlands is gearing up for an unusual transport: the shipping of a Boeing 747 Jumbo through the Amsterdam canals to a museum and theme park at Lelystad Airport. The 180 ton and 70m long KLM plane will be transported from Schiphol Airport on Wednesday, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The plane is higher than three-story canal houses. The 747 was the last jumbo of the first generation still flying for KLM until it was taken out of service in December 2003. It will be placed on display, from inside and out, at Lelystad.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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