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Belgium has 660 burglar gangs

After analysing more than 75,000 burglaries and attempted home invasions last year, the federal police have concluded that there are about 660 burglar gangs active in Belgium, reports Het Nieuwsblad . "These criminal groups consist of at least three persons, but they have an average of five to 10...

One in seven trucks too dangerous for the road

One in seven trucks on Belgian roads are not in state to drive and should be removed from the road, write De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad , based on figures from the Federal Public Service Mobility. Last year, FPS Mobility stopped 9,500 trucks at random for a thorough technical inspection. About 14...

Police union threatens strike over injured officers

The liberal police union VSOA has filed a strike notice by the federal traffic police for an undetermined date after August 30, following an incident in which two officers were seriously injured on the scene of a road accident. The accident took place on Sunday afternoon on the E19 at Machelen,...

Belgian police looking for driver of stowaways

Thirty-five people from Afghanistan, including a man who later died, were discovered in a container at Tilbury Docks in the UK on Saturday. The container came from the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium. Peter De Waele, spokesperson for the Belgian Federal Police, said investigators were "very hopeful"...

Belgian federal government talks move forward

Negotiation on the formation of a federal government moved forward slightly yesterday following a meeting that brought together representatives from the four involved parties. The meeting was organised by Kris Peeters of the Flemish Christian democrats CD&V and Charles Michel ( pictured ) of...

Three Belgians per day die on holiday

Never before have there been so many Belgians deaths reported from holiday destinations abroad. Every day there are three Belgians who die while travelling, concludes Het Laatste Nieuws on Tuesday, based on figures from the national insurance companies. The three biggest insurance companies...

Brussels Airport to introduce biometric scanners

More people were caught in Brussels Airport last year trying to pass through security with a disguised look and fraudulent passport, reports De Morgen . These so-called ‘look-alikes’ are people who change their appearance to match the photo on a passport, for example by growing a moustache. In 2013...

Effect of Doel 4 closure on power supply uncertain

Belgium could be facing widespread power shortages this winter, caused by the closure of the nuclear power station Doel 4 on the left bank of the Scheldt river in East Flanders. Last week it was revealed that the incident that closed the station is being investigated by State Security as a possible...

Thousands protest in Brussels against Gaza blockade

An estimated 4,500 people marched in Brussels on Sunday for the lifting of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. The event is the culmination of a series of actions undertaken by the Belgian platform Urgence Gaza, signed by more than 50 NGOs and political movements. Negotiators from Israel and...

Record number of visitors to Brussels Summer Festival

The 13th edition of the Brussels Summer Festival (BSF) was the most successful so far, with a total of 125,000 festival goers coming to the centre of Brussels for the ten-day festival. "We are very pleased with the massive turnout," says festival director Denis Gérardy. "We sold 20,000 '10-day'...

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