Guard and four residents injured in fight in asylum seekers’ centre


Five people have been injured in a fight that broke out in an asylum seekers’ centre in Noord-Brabant.

Dutch media reported that a guard was wounded with a knife as he tried to break up a dispute between around 15 residents in the facility in Budel, 25km south of Eindhoven.

A spokesman for the refugee accommodation service COA told Omroep Brabant that the cause of the dispute was unclear, but it appeared to have started in the reception area. Four residents suffered slight cuts, believed to have been inflicted with canteen knives.

Police initially said more than 100 people were involved in the fight, but it later became clear that most of those at the scene were onlookers.

One person has been arrested and enquiries are continuing to establish more details. The wounded guard has filed an official police complaint.

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