Dutch news in brief, 13 January 2006

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Train delays at Schiphol, A broken overhead power line in the tunnel at Schiphol caused major delays to train services to and from the airport for most of the day on Friday. A break in a power line was also detected between Leiden and Nieuw Vennep.

Train delays at Schiphol

A broken overhead power line in the tunnel at Schiphol caused major delays to train services to and from the airport for most of the day on Friday. A break in a power line was also detected between Leiden and Nieuw Vennep.

80 arrested in stop-and-search

Police arrested 80 people during a major stop-and-search operation in Amsterdam on Thursday. The operation named 'Twenty-four' involved officers frisking 800 people in the centre of Amsterdam. The homes of some of the people were also searched, resulting in the seizure of weapons, drugs and other goods. Police found a cannabis-growing factory in one house. It is expected more people will be arrested in the coming days as a result of the operation. Over 100 fines were issued by the police for minor infractions.

Man killed in tractor accident

A 47-year-old man from Ridderkerk died on Friday morning in the Hendrik Ido Ambacht district after he became trapped under his tractor. A police spokesman said the accident occurred when a portion of the victim's clothes got hooked on a turning axis during building work in a residential district. Local people and children who witnessed the incident were given counselling by Victims Support.

Woman (71) dead in house for a year

Police discovered the body of a woman, 71, in a house on the Hendrikstraat in Rotterdam. It is suspected she died in October 2004. Her 46-year-old son was arrested and remanded in custody for 14 days. The police went to the house with a bailiff to evict the occupants for long arrears in their rent. The door had to be forced open and the man, described as being in a confused state, told them his mother's body was in the front room. It was not immediately apparent how she died.

Hells Angels stay free

All Hells Angels arrested in a major police operation last year may remain free, a court ruled on Thursday. Prosecutors had hoped to overturn the decision by a lower court to allow the men out of custody. The police arrested 45 Angels in several locations in the Netherlands on 17 October as part of of the investigation into bikers who are allegedly form a criminal organisation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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