Dutch news in brief, 20 December 2005

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Gas leak in Rotterdam, An unknown amount of chlorine gas escaped from the Akzo Nobel chemical facility on the Europaweg in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Staff at the plant and nearby companies were given precautionary medical checks but there were no reports of injuries. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the there was a leak in the plant's cooling system for the chlorine gas, but the situation was quickly brought under control. Tests failed to find any contamination in the surrounding area.

Gas leak in Rotterdam

An unknown amount of chlorine gas escaped from the Akzo Nobel chemical facility on the Europaweg in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Staff at the plant and nearby companies were given precautionary medical checks but there were no reports of injuries. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the there was a leak in the plant's cooling system for the chlorine gas, but the situation was quickly brought under control. Tests failed to find any contamination in the surrounding area.

French teens held for kidnapping Dutchman

The French authorities have arrested three teenagers, aged 16 to 23, in the eastern city of Nancy on suspicion of abducting a Dutch person earlier this month, police sources said on Tuesday. The three suspects met the man, 28, in Brussels on 9 December. They claimed he owed them EUR 18,000, and they abducted him when he refused to pay. He was freed from captivity in Nancy six days later by the police.

Belgians buy Dutch frigates

The Belgium government has agreed to buy two M-class frigates from the Netherlands. Belgian Defence Minister André Flahaut and Dutch junior defence minister Cees van der Knaap will seal the deal at a festive signing ceremony in military museum in Brussels on Thursday. Belgium's Council of Ministers approved the military spending of more than EUR 1 billion back on July to pay for the frigates and to upgrade its fleet of jeeps and armoured vehicles. The Netherlands is selling off its four M-class frigates and will replace them with smaller patrol vessels that can operate in shallower waters. The frigates may continue to operate mainly from the Dutch port of Den Helder as the Dutch sold the ships on the understanding they would be part of the joint Belgian-Dutch naval unit.

Dutch told to look after whales

The European Commission has warned the Netherlands to quickly improve its monitoring of whales, porpoises and dolphins in its territorial waters. The EC is threatening to take the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice if the government fails to respond adequately. Seven other EU member states have received a similar warning for not complying with the directive to regularly monitor the wellbeing of whales and dolphins. The Netherlands currently carries out such a study once every 10 years.

Haarlem Men jailed for robberies

Five men from Haarlem have received jail sentences ranging from three to nine years for 16 armed robberies. The total taken in the crimes was EUR 65,000.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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