DUTCH police have discovered a sickening torture chamber complete with a dentist’s chair and handcuffs linked to a bust of crimelords which included British “Mr Bigs”.
One container was soundproofed, fitted with a dentist’s chair and cops found pliers and scalpels.
Police footage showed armed officers raiding the premises, situated near the southern Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, south of Rotterdam.
They found a torture cell which was kitted out with a dentist’s chair along with gruesome equipment including pruning shears, a saw, scalpels and pliers aimed to maximise the agony.
The containers were soundproof and fiited inside with foil in what police believe was a bid to make them invisible to thermal imaging cameras.
All had handcuffs or manacles installed to the floor and the ceiling.
The grisly discovery was made last month by cops investigating leads generated from encrypted phones used by criminals that were cracked by French police in what was described as like breaking the Enigma code.
They seized £54million cash, 77 firearms and two tonnes of drugs after police cracked the network.
Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division said: “Six served as prison cells in which people could have been tied up and one other container had the sole purpose of being a torture chamber.”
Detectives in the UK and the Netherlands have already made hundreds of arrests based on the encrypted messages.
As reported, ‘iconic’ Mr Bigs was among 746 crime lords last week snared as part of the investigation.
The Wire-style sting — a two-month operation involving cops from almost every force in Britain — has now stopped 200 potential murders and kidnappings.
Messages exchanged by members of the gang and intercepted by police described the warehouse in Holland as the “treatment room” and appeared to discuss holding interrogations.
One referred to a “dog”, presumably a detainee, who had gone missing.
Another said: “When I get him on the chair there will be more.”
Dutch police chief Jannine van den Berg said the discovery of the cells came after French and Dutch police hacked the EncroChat network, which was announced last week along with the arrest of around 800 people across Europe.
She said: “We already announced then that there was more to come. The discovery of this underworld prison is an example of this.”
The Europe wide operation punched holes in the UK organised crime network with hundreds of arrest