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Saturday 19 April 2014

Footprints in snow lead to burglar

Dutch police caught a burglar after following his footprints in the snow

Dutch police tracked down a pair of burglars trying to break into a tennis club by following their footprints in freshly fallen snow.

As the first heavy snow of the winter blanketed much of the Netherlands, police said officers noticed foot prints in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Maassluis, near Rotterdam.

They followed the tracks and found two men trying to break into a tennis club. Police say the officers chased down one man, but the second burglar escaped after fast-falling snow covered his tracks.

The heavy overnight snow caused chaos on Dutch roads, with authorities measuring more than 620 miles of traffic jams in the morning rush hour.

Several flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport also were cancelled or delayed by the winter weather.

Press Association

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