Dutch news in brief, 9 August 2005

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Children used as drug mules, A boy, 12, and his sister, 13, were detained in Bonaire Airport in the Netherlands Antilles when it was discovered they were smuggling cocaine internally, Antillean-Aruba newspaper 'Amigoe has reported. The children were to take a KLM flight to the Netherlands in the company of an adult. Their mother, who was not to travel with them, has been arrested. Her children are in hospital where it is hoped they will pass the cocaine balls naturally. People who swallow condoms filled wi

Children used as drug mules

A boy, 12, and his sister, 13, were detained in Bonaire Airport in the Netherlands Antilles when it was discovered they were smuggling cocaine internally, Antillean-Aruba newspaper 'Amigoe has reported. The children were to take a KLM flight to the Netherlands in the company of an adult. Their mother, who was not to travel with them, has been arrested. Her children are in hospital where it is hoped they will pass the cocaine balls naturally. People who swallow condoms filled with cocaine are referred to as drug mules. The carrier can die if the condom breaks in transit.

Crew saved as fishing vessel sinks

Dutch fishing vessel Urk 268 sank in British territorial waters on Tuesday morning. The six crew members were picked up by other boats. The cutter went to the bottom after a collision with the Greek tanker Shinussa, a spokesperson for the Transport Inspectorate (IVW) said. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.

5,000 complaints about bumpy cycle paths

Fietsersbond has received over 5,000 complaints about poorly maintained cycle paths. The cyclist union launched the campaign 'Mijn slecht onderhouden fietspad' in May and asked members of the public to report the worst examples of broken up cycling lanes. "The complaints relate to about 2,000 areas and all their bumps, lumps and cracks," a spokesperson said on Tuesday. She not that local governments have already improved about 115 of the trouble spots. Fietsersbond is celebrating its 30th anniversary and wants repaired cycle paths to be its present to the biking public.

Shot fired in botched robbery

A single shot was fired during a failed robbery at a bank in the Central Dutch town of Rhenen on Tuesday morning. A man entered the bank at 11am and threatened a staff member with a handgun. He was tackled and the gun went off during the struggle. There were no injuries. The robber ran off and ordered a motorist out of her car at gunpoint. He was caught by police moments later.

Man held for killing of Thai transsexual

Police in Amsterdam have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a Thai transsexual. A friend found the body of the victim, 44, in the person's house on the Bethaniënstraat in the city's Red Light District in mid July. The victim, known in the area as Irene, had been stabbed several times. Shortly after the killing, supporters held a silent march from the gay bar where she worked to her home.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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