Daily news summary


Police numbers increased significantly at border crossings with Austria

The number of police officers conducting random checks at border crossings was boosted from 200 to 720 on Saturday morning along the country's border with Austria. The move was taken in anticipation of Austria closing its borders at the weekend. Personnel was increased at some 20 crossings, including smaller official crossings where there were few extra measure before now. Some 650 soldiers are also on stand-by if the situation calls for it. If Austria closes its borders it is expected that migrants will try and take a detour through the Czech Republic on to Germany.

Outgoing Czech Radio head says he was offered bribe

The outgoing head of Czech Radio Peter Duhan has told public broadcaster Czech TV he was offered a bribe by former deputy head Michal Koliandr. Mr Duhan pressed charges against the former employee earlier this year. According to the Czech News Agency, the bribe was made in connection with the sale of property owned by Czech Radio - a chateau in Přerov nad Labem. The outgoing director saw the deputy head, who was in largely in charge of economic matters, dismissed for work-related issues; Mr Duhan told Czech Radio's supervisory board there had been "an absolute loss of trust". Mr Koliandr has dismissed the accusation of wrongdoing but declined to further comment on the matter.

Football: Czech national squad faces Turkey in EURO qualifying

The Czech national football team faces Turkey in Prague on Saturday in its second-to-last qualifying match for EURO 2016 in France. The Czech squad has already clinched a berth in the tournament but will be hoping to secure further points for better overall placement. It is not yet clear who will have goalkeeping duties on Saturday: acting team captain Petr Čech or Tomáš Vaclík. The goalkeepers will split the final two games; the Czechs will be in action again on Tuesday against the Netherlands. Turkey and the Netherlands are both fighting for the final spot in their group from which it is still possible to qualify in a run-off.

Olomouc region launches new information portal

The region of Olomouc has launched a new online portal aimed at providing information and helping local residents. Regional governor Jiří Rozbořil made clear that civil servants, in a first, would be available online for so-called e-consulting. The website also aims to provide up-to-date information about grants and various surveys and studies.

Law enforcement officers capture convict at mother's

A convict who made an escape from Ostrov, a light-security prison in the region of Karlovy Vary, on Friday has been caught by law enforcement. The 21-year-old, serving time primarily for car theft, had less than a year left in his sentence. He cut through bars and scaled a fence in making his escape. The last escape from the facility was in 1992.

Firearms dealer reuses ad for which he was previously fined

A Czech firearms and ammunition retailer in Vysoké Mýto has for the second time in an advertisement used the image of British humanitarian worker David Haines moments before he was murdered by ISIS in Syria last year. The news was reported by Czech Radio's flagship station Radiožurnál on Saturday. The first time, the owner was fined 75,000 crowns. His reuse of the image online, albeit blurred, means he could face a new fine of up to two million crowns. On the website, the shop maintained that the ad has already cost them 110,000 crowns - the original fine plus legal fees. The owner has suggested the use of the ad was topical.

Moravia mountain areas could see first snow on Sunday night

According to experts at the Hydro-Meteorological Institute, Moravia will see strong winds beginning on Sunday, with the first snowfall of the season expected in mountain areas during the night. The first snow may last for some time in the mountains, experts added.