Dutch news in brief, 5 December 2005

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Armed gang free prisoner, Five armed men freed a prisoner from his escort at the AMC hospital in south-east Amsterdam on Monday. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) would only identify the prisoner as "David K.". He was with two guards when the gang confronted them. The OM would not say what crime or crimes K. had been convicted of.

Armed gang free prisoner

Five armed men freed a prisoner from his escort at the AMC hospital in south-east Amsterdam on Monday. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) would only identify the prisoner as "David K.". He was with two guards when the gang confronted them. The OM would not say what crime or crimes K. had been convicted of.

7 million digital payments

Dutch shoppers were out in force on Saturday to stock up for the Sinterklaas celebrations on Monday. Payment processing company Interpay said there was a record 7.1 million PIN and credit card transactions on Saturday, 100,000 more than last year. The busiest period this weekend was between 3.30pm and 4pm when there were an average of 290 PIN payments every second.

EC criticises internet gambling trial 

The European Commission has criticised the Dutch plan to give exclusive permission to Holland Casino to test gambling over the internet. The law change required for the trial may have far-reaching consequences for potential bidders from lottery companies in other member states, EU Industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen said. 

Prisoner escapes in Eindhoven

A sex offender undergoing compulsory TBS psychiatric treatment in Eindhoven escaped during a supervised walk from the Grote Beek centre in the city. This is the latest in a series of escapes by TBS patients in recent months. Earlier this year, another inmate allegedly murdered an elderly man in Amsterdam while on the run.

Barrel organ drives youths away

The authorities have adopted an unusual approach to stop teenagers loitering by the entrance of metro station Zuidplein in Rotterdam - a barrel organ. Charlois Council said the young men went looking for another place to hang out after the organ began belting out Sinterklaas tunes on Monday. Although Sinterklaas finishes tonight the 'corner boys' are unlikely to return to their regular haunt as the organ will start playing Christmas songs from 6 December.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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