Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dutch police foil crooks via text messaging

In a high-tech hunt for hooligans, Dutch police sent 17,000 text messages to the mobile phones of fans who attendedsoccer match marred by rioting. Supporters rioted before, during and after the April 17 match in Rotterdam. Two train cars were vandalized beyond repair, 43 fans were arrested and 47 police officers and an unknown number of fans were injured. Phone companies voluntarily handed over the mobile numbers of people who were in or around the stadium that day. The companies did not give individual names to police, and police sent a standard message asking people to come forward if they had information.


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