Dutch news in brief, 4 July 2005

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More victims speaking out, An increasing number of victims and families of victims of crime are making use of the right to make a statement in court about the impact it has had on them. Since the 'right to speak' was introduced on 1 January this year, the number of victim statements to courts has increased 13 fold. The right to address the court came eight months after the introduction of the right to make a written statement about the impact of a crime. Such statements were made 234 times within the last

More victims speaking out

An increasing number of victims and families of victims of crime are making use of the right to make a statement in court about the impact it has had on them. Since the 'right to speak' was introduced on 1 January this year, the number of victim statements to courts has increased 13 fold. The right to address the court came eight months after the introduction of the right to make a written statement about the impact of a crime. Such statements were made 234 times within the last year.

Middle-aged people more prone to suicide

Some 1,514 people killed themselves in the Netherlands during 2004. Women who commit suicide are on average older (51.5)  than male suicides (47.6). The number of suicides among middle-aged people has grown, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Bureau (CBS).

Dutch households create more rubbish

The amount of garbage thrown away by Dutch households increased last year. The total rubbish pile amounted to 9.1 billion kilos compared with 8.9 billion the year before. The average Dutch person was responsible for 561 kilos trash last year, 12 kilos more than in 2003. 

National park sets up cat squad

The management of the Hoge Veluwe national park has established its own snatch squad in a bid to capture the large cat of prey believed to be living in the wooded area for at least five years. In recent weeks both the police and experts from the big cat sanctuary Pantera have tried and failed to capture the animal. The new team, consisting of a sharpshooter who is licensed to fire sleeping darts, a vet and a tracker dog, will spring into action if and when the animal is spotted again in the Veluwe. The number of sightings of the animal have decreased drastically in recent weeks, a spokesperson for Ede Municipality said on Monday. The director of the Veluwe questioned Pantera's effectiveness. "The organisation is clearly very good at keeping big cats in cages, but catching them is another story...how is it possible that they could get pictures of the animal, but they couldn't capture the beast?" he asked. Video footage shot by Pantera in June seemed to prove the big cat is a panther and not a puma as originally thought.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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