Dutch news in brief, 5 April 2005

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AH 'vigilante' faces charges of assault

AH 'vigilante' faces charges of assault

Simon Lindeman, the manger of an Albert Heijn supermarket in Eerste Van Swindenstraat in Amsterdam, and his nephew Peter Lindeman might still be prosecuted for assaulting a thief in November 2003. Despite the fact the case has been dismissed, the lawyer representing the drug-addicted thief, M. B., said the attorney-general requested the appeals court on Monday to bring the case to court. A decision is expected in six weeks. The thief B. is alleged to have been kicked and beaten, but police ruled at the time that his injuries were minor. Lindeman was previously fined EUR 300 after he assaulted a supermarket robber in 2002 with colleague Lucas Porsius, but the late Prince Bernhard paid the fine. The duo was arrested again in June 2003 for assaulting a shop thief.

Barend and Van Dorp switch network

RTL duo Frits Barend and Henk van Dorp will cross from RTL in September to the new Talpa television network, which is owned by John de Mol. The TV celebrities will take their show 'Barend en Van Dorp' with them, producing one last series before handing the reins over to another duo. It is not yet certain whether permanent guest Jan Mulder will also switch to Talpa as discussions have not yet been finalised. The popular talk and current affairs show will appear five times per week at 10.30pm on Talpa, the same as it does now. If the Dutch soccer team qualifies for the World Cup in Germany next year, Barend and Van Dorp will also produce the football-oriented show 'Villa BVD' on Talpa in June. RTL is searching for a replacement late-night show.

Arrests over Islamic school arson attack

Uden police have arrested three boys in connection with an arson attack at an Islamic school at the end of March. Police have refused to confirm why the boys were arrested. A 17-year-old boy was previously arrested and is still being questioned by police. Little damage was reported in the arson attack at the Bedir Islamic primary school, but it was the second such attack after at it was destroyed in a deliberately lit blaze last November.

Weather reports hit sour note

Just four out of 10 Dutch residents are pleased with the quality of weather forecasts. The remainder is either scarcely pleased or plainly disappointed with weather reports, research bureau Trendbox has said. One-third of those surveyed found that meteorologists in the media place too much attention on the weather that has already come and gone. Half of those surveyed cannot go a day without hearing or seeing a weather report. Some 25 percent said they would not mind if winter never happened again. Erwin Kroll, Piet Paulusma and Peter Timofeeff are the most well-known meteorologists.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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