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Dutch joyriders aged seven and five escape car crash

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Police in the Dutch town of Bloemendaal have cautioned two brothers aged seven and five after they crashed their grandmother's car while joyriding.

An officer saw the little boys standing unhurt beside the car with its doors open, and found the vehicle had been damaged after hitting a metal post.

The older boy explained they had driven about 1.5km (one mile) and both had been wearing seat belts.

A police spokeswoman said the event in Bloemendaal was "quite remarkable".

The area west of Amsterdam is the wealthiest place to live in the Netherlands, according to recent statistics.

When approached by the patrol officer, the seven-year-old boy said: "At least I had my seat belt on! And my brother was in the child's seat."

"The boys were taken to the police station, given a talking-to and made aware of what they've done," police spokeswoman Lenny Beijerbergen told AFP news agency.

"Then they were taken home. Thankfully they were both unhurt."

She added: "I've never seen anything like it, seven is very young."

In 2008, a seven-year-old boy made headlines in the UK when he crashed his mother's car after creeping out of bed in the middle of the night. He escaped with an arm injury.