Dutch news in brief, 11 January 2004

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Police confirm link between stabbings

Police confirm link between stabbings

Police suspect the spate of stabbings in Alkmaar over the weekend were the work of three men aged 15 to 25. The men were armed with a knife and a baseball bat and were wearing dark, three-quarter length jackets. The four victims have all been treated in hospital and are expected to live. Police reported on Sunday that the assaults could have been the work of the same culprits and expressed shock at the series of seemingly random stabbings.

Motorist's death sparks call for safe viaducts

Transport organisation EVO has demanded the construction of safer viaducts in response to the death of a motorist on Monday morning. The 30-year-old woman, from Uden, was killed near Rijswijk at about midnight on Sunday after a paving stone was thrown onto her car from a viaduct. EVO has since demanded that horizontal fences, nets or gauze be placed on a greater number of viaducts. But the Department of Waterways and Public Works has rejected demands for intensified security due to doubts over the correct method required. The EVO is also demanding an investigation into how often objects are thrown onto roads from viaducts.

Exceptionally warm start to 2005

The temperature in the first 10 days of this year was "exceptionally mild", weather bureau KNMI said on Tuesday. An average temperature of 8.1 degrees Celsius was recorded at the De Bilt-based centre, compared with the long-term average of 2.6 degrees. KNMI said the coming days will be colder, but a long freeze is not expected in the short-term. But average temperatures of 13.5 and 15.1 in 1993 and 1999 respectively maintain the record for the mildest start to the Dutch New Year.

Boy appeals jail term for burning girlfriend

The 17-year-old boy convicted of setting fire to his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend in August last year will appeal against his 18-month jail term and TBS psychiatric detention. The youth, identified only as Awa, was convicted and sentenced according to adult law on a charge of serious assault on 30 December. The public prosecution had demanded the same sentence, but based on a charge of attempted murder. Lawyers acting on behalf of Awa indicated on Friday 7 January that they will appeal in Leeuwarden Court.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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