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Dutch head coach turned down Man United offer

New Netherlands head coach Danny Blind has admitted he rejected the chance to join Louis van Gaal's coaching staff in order to take on his new role with the national team.

Blind previously worked under Van Gaal as his assistant up until the end of the World Cup, but has decided to go out on his own with the national team.

Danny Blind has a new job. Credit: PA

“I had a fantastic offer from Manchester United,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.

“There were talks about United and Van Gaal a couple of times last year. But I rejected that. If you have ambition, what is more beautiful than becoming manager of your country?”

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Police hunt gunman in Netherlands after deadly shooting

Police are hunting for a gunman after a man was shot dead on a residential street in the Netherlands.

Police have confirmed that one person has died in the shooting. Credit: Dichtbij.nl

A picture widely shared on social media showed a hooded man dressed in black walking with a large gun in the northern city of Zaandam.

Police confirmed that one person had died, adding that officers were now looking for a brown van that may have been used in the shooting.

It is currently unclear whether there is more than one gunman.

Witnesses told local media that 10 to 15 shots were heard in the street which lies close to two schools.

Dutch police detain suspect over British Embassy fire

Dutch police have detained a man in connection with a fire at the British embassy in The Hague.

"One man has been detained in relation to the fire at the British embassy this morning," the Twitter message said. "The cause of the fire is being investigated."

Nobody was injured in the fire, which broke out at 7.30am and has been extinguished, Dutch public television reported.

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One of Britain's most wanted fugitives appears in court

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who was allegedly involved in a £4 billion drugs plot, has appeared in court.

Paul John Scott, 32, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court by videolink from high-security HMP Wakefield where is being held.

Scott, from Liverpool, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

He is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine but was not asked to enter a plea and a provisional trial date was set for 15th June.

Scott was arrested after he returned to Britain from the Netherlands in December. He was also being sought by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British national.

The reportedly tortured body of Francis Brennan, 25, from Liverpool, who was on the run in Spain, washed up on the beach in Alicante last April after he was allegedly kidnapped by men posing as police officers.

Fugitive arrested trying to sneak back into UK on plane

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while trying to sneak back into the UK in a light aircraft from the Netherlands.

Suspected drug smuggler Paul John Scott, 32, was picked up by police after flying into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk in a Cessna 170.

The pilot, who was also arrested, had raised suspicions by flying into the same airfield in a different aircraft earlier this month.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang from Merseyside that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

The NCA said he was wanted by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British man, Francis Brennan, in Alicante.

He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 2 January.

The pilot, who was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, was bailed pending further enquiries.

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