Rotterdam police use first Amber Alert

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Police in Rotterdam used the "Amber Alert" system for the first time on Saturday after a toddler went missing in the city centre.

ROTTERDAM - When the four-year-old had not been found after a couple of hours, police decided to alert people to the disappereance via e-mail and text messages.

The boy was eventually located 45 minutes later, after being seen on a closed circuit television near a fast food restaurant. He was unharmed.

Amber Alerts were introduced in the United States after the abduction of Amber Hagerman in Texas in 1996.

The system was introduced in the Netherlands last November. Around 80,000 people in the Netherlands have registered to be alerted when a child goes missing.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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