April 13, 2010 / 10:42 AM / 7 years ago

Woman locks up utility worker over unpaid bill

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested a woman who locked a utility firm employee in her home after he arrived to disconnect her power supplies over an unpaid bill of 42,000 euros (36,970 pound).

The 65-year-old woman denied having such a large bill and rang the police to say she wanted to arrange a repayment scheme with the utility firm Eneco before allowing the man to leave.

She had tried to phone Eneco, but was unable to do so because her electricity had already been cut off, police said.

The utility employee wanted to press charges against the woman. She will appear in court later.

An Eneco spokesman said the woman's bill was exceptionally high but could not immediately explain why.

Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; editing by Robert Woodward

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