A defect on a rented night-vision camera was the reason that Freddy Heineken's kidnappers got away with 30 million euros the night the ransom was dropped, former Justice Minister Frits Krothals Altes reveals in his new book Zeven politieke levens. The kidnappers were on the run for two years before the police finally caught up to them, AD reports.
Rotterdam investor Keadyn pushed 4.5 million euros into creating an "incubator" for technology startups. The concept is called 42workspace and is set to open its doors in the center of Rotterdam next week. A few other investors are also involved in this project, NU.nl reports.
A police K9 unit squad car was set on fire in Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam on Thursday. The car was parked on Merlijnstraat, a few dozen meters away from where police officers were dealing with a shooting. A man was shot in the leg, AT5 reports.
"Luckily no people or dogs were in the car, no one was injured", the police said on Twitter. "Fire was quickly extinguished, but the perpetrators fled."
The police were in the area dealing with the aftermath of a shooting, in which one man was injured in his leg. Two perpetrators fled on a dark colored scooter.
On Thursday the court in Utrecht sentenced a lifeguard and two swim teachers to 60 hours of community service. They were found guilty of death through negligence in the drowning of a 9-year-old Syrian girl shortly after a swimming lesson at 't Gastland pool in Rhenen in September 2015. Two primary school teachers were acquitted, NU.nl reports.
More and more people are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the Netherlands, according to a report by national health service RIVM. The number of gonorrhea and syphilis diagnoses increased significantly among gay men last year. Chlamydia is the most common STD among women and heterosexual men. HIV positive diagnoses decreased.
A total of 143,139 people went to a Sexual Health Center to be tested for a STD last year, 5 percent more than in 2015. And 18.4 percent of them were indeed diagnosed with a STD, compared to 17.2 percent the year before.
A fire in the Preston Palace hotel in Almelo on Thursday night ended with three men arrested and one treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. The police believe arson was involved, RTL Nieuws reports.
The fire broke out around 10:00 p.m. Some 400 guests had to be evacuated. One guest was taken to hospital with respiratory problems. Another one was advised to go see a GP.
A water main break in Apeldoorn on Friday morning caused a massive sinkhole on Edisonlaan, where it crosses with Koninginnelaan. The road will be closed for at least the weekend, De Stentor reports.
Water company Vitens received the first reports of the break around 5:00 a.m. and immediately sent technicians to the site. Contractor BAM is also on site, already working on road repairs. "That continues throughout the weekend, so it is expected that the road will be back in use Monday morning", a Vitens spokesperson said to the newspaper.
ProRail is installing camera surveillance at railway crossings. The rail company is concerned that road users will be more tempted to ignore red lights at the crossings once train traffic increases on the routes between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven in September, a spokesperson for ProRail said to NU.nl.
While abducted Dutch journalists Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender are expected to be released soon, when is still unclear. "We do not know when we're going to transfer the Dutch precisely. That depends on many factors", a spokesperson for guerilla group ELN, responsible for the abduction, said to RTL Nieuws. "What I can say now is that we are making progress. But the time comes when it comes."
The body of a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the Waal river in Tiel on Thursday night. He disappeared under water while swimming with friends earlier that afternoon. The boy is the third person to drown in the Waal in five days.
The boy was reported missing in the water around 3:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. Divers from the fire department immediately launched a search for the boy, aided from the air by a police helicopter, but to no avail. A special team with sonar equipment found the body around 9:00 p.m.
There was no confusion about the Netherlands stance at the start of the talks about Britain's departure from the European Union in Brussels on Thursday. "I hate the Brexit from all angles", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said as he arrived at the summit, according to ANP. "You are one of our most beloved partners. But the Brexit is a decision of the British people and you can't argue wit democracy."
Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.
NS employees are striking in Arnhem between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today. Train traffic may be hindered, not only in Arnhem, but also in the rest of the country. NS advises travelers to keep an eye on their site for delays before leaving for the station. So far all early morning trains left on time, AD reports.
At 11:20 a.m. thermometers in Arcen, Limburg read 32.2 degrees Celsius, thereby making today the hottest June 22nd ever measured in the Netherlands. This is the 9th heat record broken in the country so far this year and the third one this month, according to Weeronline.
February 15th, March 30th and 31st, May 27th and 29th and June 15th and 21st also broke heat records.
Today is exceptionally hot in the Netherlands, especially in the southeast with maximums ranging between 33 and 35 degrees. Some places may even hit 36 degrees Celsius.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met with Pope Franciscus while on a State Visit to Vatican City on Thursday. According to the scedule, the meeting was set to take 15 minutes, but went on for over 30, according to newspaper AD.
The Disciplinary Committee for Banks banned three bank employees from working as bankers for varying periods of time because they violated the Banker's Oath in three separate cases. The three employees may not work as bankers for 18 months, 12 months and 6 months respectively, according to rulings the committee published on Thursday.