Dutch prisons and psychiatric institutions where convicts undergo mandatory treatment are having trouble preventing drug use among their charges. Last year many thousands of drug tests came back positive and the use of cannabis and cocaine is increasing alarmingly, ANP reports based on urine test results the news wire requested from the Ministry of Security and Justice.
Negotiators for the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie seemed carefully optimistic that the government formation talks will come to a good conclusion when they pick up again after the summer break. There is good hope, mediator Gerrit Zalm said after the negotiators parted ways for a two week long break on Wednesday, AD reports.
Unemployment in the Netherlands dropped to 4.9 percent of the labor force in June, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday. This is the first time since the summer of 2011 that less than 5 percent of the labor force are unemployed.
Over the past three months the number of unemployed people in the Netherlands fell by an average of 6 thousand per month to 446 thousand in June. The number of people with paid work increased by an average of 11 thousand per month over that same period.
When pregnant Charlotte Vlooswijk-Zwezerijnen was stabbed to death in her Lopik home on Monday night, her 4-year-old daughter from a previous relationship was in the house, RTV Utrecht reports based on various sources.
Rain gear was the order of the day for the first group of hikers kicking off the third day of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse. On Thursday the hikers were greeted by heavy rainfall and thunder when they started their hike on the Wedren in Nijmegen at 4:00 a.m., according to the Gelderlander.
An external investigation will soon be launched into whether the fire department checked all homes in a Diemen apartment building while evacuating it due to a fire on Wednesday morning, Diemen mayor Lex Scholten said on Wednesday afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Twente fire department had to deploy a drone to guide a woman and two police officers out of the nature reserve in Haaksbergen after they got lost on Tuesday night. The elderly lady got lost while on a walk, and while two police officers were able to find her, they weren't able to find their way back, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands can close all its coal plants, but only if a national law to that effect is implemented, according to advice the Council of State sent to Economic Minister Henk Kamp on Wednesday, ANP reports.
The Tweede Kamer called on Kamp last week to close all the coal plants by making the efficiency requirements so high that they can't be met by any coal plant. The council of state investigated whether this was possible.
In the first six months of this year, the number of passenger cars stolen in the Netherlands dropped by 11 percent, but the number of motorcycles stolen increased by 8 percent, according to the foundation for tackling vehicle crime AVc, ANP reports.
Emergency services discovered a body in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. The building on Rode Kruislaan was evacuated because of a fire earlier on Wednesday. A person with serious injuries was also found in the building, in addition to three others reported injured earlier this morning, ANP reports.
The Judiciary is offering a reward of 20 thousand euros for the tip that leads to the arrests of the perpetrators who murdered Eindhoven man Johan van Boxtel early in May. The police are looking for two perpetrators, shown in surveillance camera footage on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.
The police found the body of a truck driver in his truck on the A1 highway near Deventer. The truck was parked in the emergency lane. The police believe the driver became unwell, pulled over and then died, AD reports.
The trucker was found early on Wednesday morning. The police had to close a lane on the highway to investigate, resulting in a 17 kilometer long traffic jam. The road was open again around 8:00 a.m.
Former CDA alderman in Gorinchem Eeuwit K. could face prison time for allegations of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. On Wednesday the Public Prosecutor demanded 18 months in prison, of which 6 months could be conditionally suspended, against the 33-year-old man from Bleskensgraaf, NU.nl reports.
According to the Prosecutor, K. abused his position of power in his relationship with the teenager. The girl went to the same church as the married politician and also worked as a babysitter for his children.
From Wednesday divers will be searching the Hollandse IJssel near Oudewater for World War II bombs. The river needs maintenance between Gouda and Nieuwegein, and the water board wants to make sure that everything is safe before the work can begin, NOS reports.
Historical research shows that the river contains many WWII bombs that never exploded. As long as they are left alone, they are not dangerous. But part of the work that needs to be done to the river is dredging to keep it deep enough for barges. Therefore the bombs will have to be removed first.
Dementia was the leading cause of death in the Netherlands last year with over 15 thousand cases, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. The number of dementia related deaths is expected to only increase with the aging population.
Compared to 2015, the number of dementia related deaths increased by 7 percent. The increase was strongest among men with 11 percent. Dementia is the second most common cause of death among men, with lung cancer taking first place. Last year 5 thousand men died due to dementia in the country.
Lawyer Bart V. was arrested on Tuesday night. The 43-year-old Dongen man is suspected of trading in firearms and narcotics. The police also arrested two men, aged 70 and 30 years, from Sint Willebrord, ANP reports.
The arrests were made in a long ongoing investigation. Officers searched two business premises in Breda, including V.'s office, two homes in Sint Willebrord and a garage in Roosendaal.