Dutch news in brief, 5 May 2006

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Police seize cash and drugs, Officers of the national detective unit (Nationale Recherche) seized EUR 400,000 and a quantity of heroin, cocaine and soft drugs during raids in Amsterdam and Badhoevedorp, it was revealed on Friday. The raids on Wednesday were part of an international investigation into drug dealing. Three people, from the Netherlands, Scotland and England, were arrested.

Police seize cash and drugs

Officers of the national detective unit (Nationale Recherche) seized EUR 400,000 and a quantity of heroin, cocaine and soft drugs during raids in Amsterdam and Badhoevedorp, it was revealed on Friday. The raids on Wednesday were part of an international investigation into drug dealing. Three people, from the Netherlands, Scotland and England, were arrested.

Intercity trains halted by signal failure

Intercity services between The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht were halted by a signal failure for two hours on Friday. The fault led to the cancellation of all train services on the Gouda-Woerden line and between Woerden and Breukelen in the morning. Network administrator ProRail said the problem was fixed by 8.30am and partial services were resumed, but commuters experienced delays of up to one hour.

Drugs patrol destroys rare plants

Customs officers and Military Police (marechaussee) have accidentally destroyed part of protected nature area 'De Hors' on the island of Texel. The Forestry Commission confirmed a report in newspaper 'AD' that rare orchids were among the casualities when  a vehicle operated by the customs service drove over an 800-metre stretch of the reserve. The island coast is regularly patrolled to catch drug smugglers, but the customs service is not supposed to intrude on 'De Hors'. It is a military training ground and the Foresty Commission is responsible for the upkeep of plant life.

Another Telfort director quits

Telfort's financial director Huib Dekker is stepping down from the Dutch telecom firm on 16 June. Telfort said no successor has been found yet. The entire board of directors resigned last October when Telfort was taken over by competitor KPN. This led to Dekker being appointed as the financial director. Telfort said it regretted Dekker's decision. Declining to say much about his next position, a spokesperson said he is leaving to take a "dream job" outside the Netherlands.

Belt up on tour buses

Passengers on touring coaches and mini buses in the European Union are obliged to wear a safety belt from Tuesday. Under a previous EU regulation, it was obligatory to install safety belts on all mini buses and touring coaches, but it was not compulsory to use them. In principle, drivers and passengers in all vehicles of three tons or more must now wear a safety belt.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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