The parents of Tristan van der Vlis is not responsible for their son killing five people and hurting 17 others in a shooting in Alphen aan den Rijn in 2011, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, Van der Vlis' parents couldn't know beforehand that their son was planning the mass shooting, ANP reports.
Residents of the medium-sized Gelderland city of Ede are the happiest in the Netherlands, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Alphen aan den Rijn and Amstelveen follow in second and third place. People in Rotterdam are the most unhappy in the country, closely followed by Amsterdam, the Volkskrant reports.
Victims of a shooting in the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn almost six years ago, are suing gunman Tristan van der Vlis's parents for compensation. They believe the parents deserve part of the blame for ignoring the signs that their son was derailing, AD reports.
The police arrested a second suspect in connection with the assassination of criminal Chahid Yakhlaf in Kerkdriel last year. The 26-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in the Penitentiary in Alphen aan den Rijn on Friday, NU.nl reports.
A guard in the prison in Alphen aan den Rijn is being prosecutor for attempted manslaughter for assaulting a prisoner last summer
The Dutch fire department established "elite teams" of firefighters specially trained to deal with major incidents, like explosions, collapsed buildings and complicated fires. A total of 140 specialist firefighters were trained over past months to support the regular firefighters where their knowledge and experience lack
The Juliana Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn is set to open for traffic on Monday afternoon - almost a year since a crane accident left a circle of destruction around the bridge
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is planning a more effective approach to helping people with mental health problems. She wants all municipalities to come up with a good plan to personally help every mentally disturbed person in the Netherlands
The Juliana Bridge in Alphen on den Rijn finally looks like a bridge again. A deck was successfully placed on the bridge on Wednesday morning
Construction workers are attempting to place a new deck on the Koninging Juliana Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn on Wednesday. This is the second attempt to do so.
A large number of police officers responded to Burgemeester Visserpark in Alphen aan den Rijn on Friday morning after reports of a boy walking around with a gun. The young man and the gun were both part of a school prank. The weapon - a real, but disabled revolver, was confiscated, according to the police.
Alphen aan den Rijn commemorated the 5th anniversary of a mass shooting in a mall in the city. On April 9th, 2011 Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in the Ridderhof mall, killing six people and injuring 16 others, before committing suicide.
The Ministry of Security and Justice plans to close at least eight prisons and three juvenile detention centers in the next six years. Union FNV calls the 1,900 lost jobs accompanying this decision "unacceptable". "Last year State Secretary Fred Teeven that no new closures will follow. Van der Steur is breaking that promise with these announcements", union manager Frans Carbo said
A prison guard was stabbed in the side during a fierce fight between inmates and guards at the prison in Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday, the Telegraaf reports. According to the newspaper, a prisoner deliberately stabbed the guard.
ChristenUnie parliamentarian Joel Voordewind is calling for an end to the slow asylum procedure, that is leading to frustration, protests and even suicide in the emergency asylum shelters, AD reports.
Thirty year old Iraqi asylum seeker Hussein Ali Abdel Amer hung himself in the asylum shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday while talking on the phone with his wife, who is still in Iraq with his children. The long waiting time before getting clarity about his refugee status and his incapability to return to his family were too much for him
A large search for a deaf woman and her three children who went missing in Alphen aan den Rijn on Wednesday had a happy ending. The woman and children were found safe and sound after 10 hours of searching, the police announced.
The Rotterdam faction of the PvdA asked the mayor and aldermen to offer safe shelter to 10 LGBT asylum seekers currently living in the emergency shelter in Alphen aan den Rijn. On Friday these 10 asylum seekers started a hunger strike because they are systematically threatened, abused and even assaulted by other refugees because of their sexual orientation
Queen Maxima paid a visit to the site in Alphen aan den Rijn where two cranes and a portion of the Juliana Bridge collapsed onto a number of buildings last month. No one was injured, but a significant amount of damage was done to the properties.
The crane collapse in Alphen aan den Rijn early this month has resulted in almost 60 old ships heading towards Sail Amsterdam having to change their routes.
Cranes company Peinemann has released a video in which general director Ad Kornet apologizes for the accident involving the Juliana Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn on August 3rd. According to Kornet, all employees at the company are deeply shocked.
The renovation work on the Juliana bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn restarted on Monday, the municipality announced on Monday.
New footage of the crane collapse in Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday afternoon has surfaced. The video footage shows people running for their lives underneath a dust cloud caused by the collapsing cranes.
The three people who were identified as suspects in connection with the crane collapse in Alphen aan den Rijn on Monday, are no longer considered suspects. Experts agree that the accident was preventable.