Dutch news in brief, 16 December 2005

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Police officer sacked after kidnapping

Police officer sacked after kidnapping

A police sergeant from Lelystad has been sacked because he is suspected of involvement in a kidnapping and for stealing a computer game console which had been impounded by the police. The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said the man, identified only as 46-year-old R.H., will appear in court in Lelystad on Tuesday in relation to both cases.

More shops selling fireworks

Many more shops are selling fireworks for the coming traditional New Year Eve's celebrations than was the case last year. Half of the outlets could not satisfy new safety rules in 2004. But the firework sellers' lobby group 'Stichting Vuurwerk Nederland' said on Friday that more shops now have now installed sprinkler systems and are, once again, allowed to sell fireworks.

Rotterdam introduces transport chip card

Commuters in Rotterdam can use the new OV-chipkaart (public transport chip card), instead of the paper Strippenkaart. Transport Minister Karla Peijs presided over the sale of the first of the new cards at Wilhelminaplein metro station on Friday. Rotterdam is the first city to begin using the card, which records the beginning and the end of the user's journey. The cost is then deducted from the person's account. The introduction of the card has been plagued by technical difficulties, but it is planned to introduce it gradually in other cities.

Police station cleared in false alarm

The police headquarters in the Dutch town of Venlo was evacuated for a short period on Friday are a "suspicious package" was found. It turned out to be a false alarm: the package was a box of CDs.

Journalist won't run for election

Crime journalist Peter R. de Vries announced on Friday that he will not be a candidate in the general election in 2007. When he founded his PRDV party earlier this year, De Vries said he would only seek election if 41 percent of the people taking part in a commissioned opinion poll on 16 December said he would be an asset to Dutch politics. He only achieved 31 percent support.

600,000 on Christmas holiday

An estimated 600,000 Dutch people are scheduled to go on holiday over the Christmas break. This is the same number as last year. Half are expected to stay in the Netherlands, while the other half go abroad. The main holiday destinations are Germany and Belgium.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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