Dutch news in brief, 8 March 2005

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25pc victims of petty crime, A quarter of the Dutch population was the victim of petty crimes such as theft or vandalism in 2004, the statistics bureau CBS said on Tuesday. In 2004, some 4.7 million crimes and 3.3 million victims were recorded. That was same as in 2003, but less than the figures recorded in 2002, Radio Netherlands reported. The number of victims of violent crime fell to just over 5 percent of the population as almost 1 million violent incidents taking place last year.

25pc victims of petty crime

A quarter of the Dutch population was the victim of petty crimes such as theft or vandalism in 2004, the statistics bureau CBS said on Tuesday. In 2004, some 4.7 million crimes and 3.3 million victims were recorded. That was same as in 2003, but less than the figures recorded in 2002, Radio Netherlands reported. The number of victims of violent crime fell to just over 5 percent of the population as almost 1 million violent incidents taking place last year.

Fire destroys Amsterdam squat

A large fire raged out of control in a squat in the Tweede Jan van der Heijdenstraat in the Amsterdam suburb De Pijp early on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out on the third floor and eventually destroyed the building, but no injuries were reported. Dozens of residents from surrounding properties were evacuated and given shelter at a nearby restaurant. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Some 60 firefighters had the fire under control by about 3am. Police ruled out a link to operations to clear several squatter buildings in the Dutch capital on Tuesday, newspaper Het Parool reported.

Teens held for harassing immigrants

Police have arrested 11 youths in the South Holland town of Alkemade on accusations they terrorised an immigrant family in Roelofarendsveen for the past month. The male and female youths, aged 14 to 20, are accused of harassment and vandalism. The family is reportedly having difficulty coming to terms with the violence and the incidents have sparked unrest among Alkemade residents. Police claim the youths have confessed to the crimes.

Snowball fight ends in injuries

A snowball fight in Hillegom, near Hoofddorp, on Tuesday led to a violent scuffle in which three people were reported injured. One person was treated in hospital for a ruptured spleen, police said. Five youths threw snowballs at a group of four other teens in the Hoofdstraat, sparking a fight. A 19-year-old male of Hillegom suffered the ruptured spleen, while two other Hillegom youths were left with facial injuries. No arrests have been made.

Tsunami death toll rises further

The number of Dutch nationals confirmed to have died in the Indian Ocean tsunami has risen to 24, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday. A further 15 are missing, presumed dead, and five are listed as difficult to trace.

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