Tuesday 10 December 2019

Decorated soldier gets community service for headbutting policeman

Decorated soldier gets community service for headbutting policeman

A decorated Dutch soldier has been given 100 hours community service by a military court for headbutting a policeman. Marco Kroon, who was awarded the Netherlands’ highest honour for bravery in 2009, was taken to court for abusive and insulting behaviour towards police officers during the last carnival Sunday in Den Bosch last March. He was arrested while peeing in public. The court was shown a video which shows Kroon being cuffed and jerking his head in the direction of... More >

Wind brings down wind turbine in Friesland

A wind turbine on on a farm in Friesland was apparently blown down by the wind on Sunday, falling in the ‘right direction’ and missing the farmhouse but hitting a public road, the Leeuwarder Courant newspaper reported. The downing of the 32 metre high turbine was reported to the fire brigade as storm damage. The KNMI weather bureau had warned of heavy showers and some strong winds but it ‘was not particularly windy’ a fire brigade spokesman said. The turbine... More >

Five-year-old boy rescued after explosion

A five-year-old boy who spent five hours trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building has been discharged from intensive care. The boy, named in Dutch media as Kenan, was in the grill restaurant in Coevorden, Drenthe, with his father when it was ripped apart by an explosion at around 3pm on Saturday. Emergency services rescued his father, who owned the restaurant, from the building, but Kenan was caught between two support beams and unable to move. A specialist technical... More >

NVWA clamps down on tobacco firms' bribes

Product safety board NVWA is going to clamp down on tobacco manufacturers who are bribing tobacconists to sell more cigarettes, the Telegraaf reports. The illegal bonuses can go up to as much as €3,000 a year if tobacconists manage to sell a previously agreed number of cigarettes, the paper said. The practice is illegal, the NVWA said, because it contravenes the advertising ban on cigarettes. The watchdog found out about the illegal payments last year when journalists queried tobacconists in... More >