Dutch barman ‘thanks god’ he called police about locked family

Dutch barman ‘thanks god’ he called police about locked family


A bar owner who raised the alarm about a Dutch family kept locked in a cellar for nine years says he ‘thanks god’ he called the police  The eldest of the five children, Jan Zon van Dorsten, visited Chris Westerbeek’s bar in Ruinerwold, 60 miles northeast of Amsterdam three times  His disheveled appearance and strange manner worried the bar owner, who engaged him in conversation To his shock, Jan revealed how his family had not left their home in nine years, kept against their will in a nearby farmhouse  Mr Westerbeek, 27, has now revealed his shock at the encounter and said he was glad he called the police   Chris Westerbeek called police after he found out about the Dutch family kept locked in a cellar for nine yearsCarpenter Josef B , 58, has been charged with abuse over the stunning case, with the father of the family also charged    Mr Westerbeek told the Sun: ‘There was something unearthly about him that worried me   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Father of Dutch ‘end of times’ family children is charged Police chief who posted ‘Pronouns Day’ video is slammed for. Share this article Share ‘We live in a village where everyone knows everyone else and he was a total stranger when he walked in and drank those beers that night   ‘But then I decided to find out what was wrong and will never forget that night He struggled to communicate but he looked so desperate I knew I had to help him. Now I thank God I did ‘He previously told RTVDrenthe he had spoken to the 25-year-old man who told him he had ‘run away and needed help Then we called the police.’ The eldest of the five children, Jan Zon van Dorsten, visited Chris Westerbeek’s bar in Ruinerwold, 60 miles northeast of Amsterdam His disheveled appearance and strange manner worried the bar owner, who engaged him in conversation Jan revealed how his family had not left their home in nine years, kept against their will in a nearby farmhouseMr Westerbeek said the man, whose beard was ‘dirty’ and hair unkempt, said that he had been inside for nine years and that he wanted to end the way his family were living ‘He said he’d never been to school and seemed very confused. He spoke in a childish way,’ said Mr Westerbeek He told him that his siblings were between the age of 16 and 25.The man told Mr Westerbeek that he ‘needed help and wanted to put an end to the situation he was in,’ according to Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden Mr Westerbeek contacted the police who searched the farm and discovered the family

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  1. This story is amazing. The families belief, volunteered or kidnapped by a ' handyman'. Were they hidden away before or after? Does the owner of the property know something? She says she rented the house to 1 person according to dutch media.

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