Hells Angels return police shirts
17 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — More used to being under investigation for murder and drug dealing, Dutch Hells Angels showed their law abiding side on Monday.
17 June 2006
AMSTERDAM — More used to being under investigation for murder and drug dealing, Dutch Hells Angels showed their law abiding side on Monday.
Members of the Amsterdam chapter of the bikers' organisation turned up at an office of the Amsterdam-Amstelland police division with a refuse bag containing 14 new police shirts.
Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported that police divisions around the country are being issued with new shirts. A courier accidentally delivered a packet of shirts, including shoulder badges, to the Hells Angels.
It is unclear how the courier mistook the Hells Angels, based at the 'Hang Out' near to Amstel train station, for the official guardians of the peace. A police spokesperson said the Angels did not explain how they came by the shirts.
The Hang Out was one of the Hells Angels properties searched during a massive police operation against the Hells Angels in October 2005. The raids led to the arrest of a quarter of all Dutch Hells Angels in the Netherlands on suspicion of involvement in organised crime. They were subsequently released.
Police seized a grenade launcher with ammunition, a flame-thrower, two hand grenades, a smoke grenade, a percussion cap, a submachine gun and 19 other guns in the nationwide raids. They also discovered EUR 70,000, six bunches of cannabis plants and several expensive watches. The investigation is continuing.
Returning the shirts was a pointed message. "Because the police are the rightful owners, it would be great if they were as quick to return our property," a Hells Angels told the newspaper.
Dutch police have suffered the humiliation in the last few years of losing laptops, memory sticks and weapons in recent years.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news