The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports.
An Armenian mother was deported from the Netherlands on Monday without her children Howick (12) and Lily (11). The family lived in the Netherlands for nine years. According to children's rights organization Defense for Children, this is the first time ever that a mother was deported without her kids. "Horrible", the organization said, according to RTL Nieuws.
There was some panic at DierenPark Amersfoort on Wednesday afternoon when several visitors reported a man acting suspiciously, possibly with a firearm in he zoo. Multiple police units responded and access to the zoo was closed to prevent the person leaving the premises. It turned out to be a father and son with a toy gun, police spokesperson Bernhard Jens said to newspaper AD.
Despite Amsterdam's reputation as the world's bicycle city, cars are still king in the Dutch capital, according to a study done by Geodan on behalf of environmental organization Milieudefensie. Motorists take up about 48 percent of Amsterdam's space, while cyclists make do with only 11 percent.
Police officers in Rotterdam, Amersfoort in Zwolle participating in an experiment in arming police officers with tasers, are satisfied with the weapon in general. Since the experiment was launched in February, the nearly 300 officers armed with electric shock weapons used the tasers on suspects 34 times and threatened them with it another 78 times, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
A body found dead in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht was identified as that of a 14-year-old girl from neighboring Hoevelaken, police said on Saturday. An initial investigation determined that a crime led to the girl's death, police said without elaborating further.
A witness noticed the body at about 5 p.m. on Friday while on the Emelaarsepad. Police are asking anyone who was in the area in the hours leading up to the discovery to contact them as they try to piece together what happened that day.
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.
While many Dutch cities and rural areas are working on making electric driving easy and accessible, most still need more charging points for electric cars, according to a survey by consulting firm Over Morgen. In 2016 most Dutch municipalities did not have a sufficient number of charging stations, BNR reports.
Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports.
Two brothers from Amersfoort are suspected of trying to import half a kilogram of Semtex to use in making plastic explosives, according to the Public Prosecutor. 22-year-old Ali A. and 19-year-old brother Yusuf were caught after the FBI noticed them ordering Semtex and three detonators on the Dark Web and notified the Dutch authorities, AD reports.
Amersfoort man Derk was worked to the ground and tasered by the police in his apartment building during the early hours of Wednesday morning. He broke his arm in the process. He soon turned out to be an innocent bystander, but the police still believe the use of the taser was justified, RTL Nieuws reports.
Although two pastors at the Reformed Church in Amersfoort Oost kept sexual abuse by a church member in 1986 quiet, there was definitely not a cover up, the church concluded in an investigation. The investigation revealed that the then pastor and his successor were only aware of two cases of sexual abuse of young boys by church member Piet Hein W. from Hoevelaken, AD reports.
The Dutch police are launching an experiment next week in which police officers in Rotterdam, Zwolle and Amersfoort will be equipped with tasers. In the coming weeks over 300 officers will undergo a two day training course on how to use a taser safely, and will then be allowed to use the weapon on the street if necessary, NOS reports.
A police officer is now under suspicion of causing the death of a 68-year-old homeless man arrested in Amersfoort, Utrecht last week. The homeless man was taken into custody for public intoxication at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, and the officer is accused of pushing him hard into a jail cell in the same city later that evening.
The homeless man died on Wednesday, the public prosecutor said in a statement.
The prosecutor said the suspect was not cooperating when he was pushed. He then fell and hit his head, the prosecutor's office confirmed.
The police are calling on witnesses to come forward in the case of a house fire in Amersfoort in which 11-year-old Lindsey Ngo was killed. The police believe arson was involved.
Bertus de Man, a 30-year-old man from Nijkerk who died after being arrested by the Amersfoort police on Monday, was likely not killed by the actions of the police officers who arrested him, according to the Public Prosecutor. The preliminary results of an autopsy done on his body show that he did not die because of a broken neck, strangulation, suffocation or heart failure, AD reports.
The family of Lindsey Ngo, an 11-year-old girl killed in an Amersfoort house fire over the weekend, was previously also the target of arson. In April last year, mother Cindy's car was set alight. Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames before the car was completely burnt out. In November, someone covered the car in black paint, AD reports.
A 30-year-old man from Nijkerk died during the early hours of Monday morning after he was arrested at a traffic check, the police said in a statement. The man resisted arrest, according to the police.
The man was pulled over around 00:45 a.m. due to his driving. This happened on the Spaceshuttle in Amersfoort. The man ignored the police signals to pull over and sped off. He was eventually brought to a stop and arrested on Langestraat. He resisted arrest.
An 11-year-old girl died on Sunday afternoon after she sustained serious injuries in a fire in her home on Gounodstraat in Amersfoort during the early hours of that morning. The police believe arson was involved.
The fire started around 4:00 a.m. Firefighters found the girl inside the house. She was rushed to the burns center in Beverwijk, where she died of her injuries in the afternoon. The girl's older sister was also found in the home, struggling to breathe due to smoke inhalation.
On Wednesday afternoon a man lost 16 thousand euros on a train between Rotterdam and Amersfoort. He fell asleep on the train, woke up when he had to change trains at Amersfoort and forgot his bag full of cash on the train. "We are distraught", his friend Mariska Berendsen said to Hart van Nederland. The man himself wants to remain anonymous.
The man had the bag of money with him because he just sold his Audi in Rotterdam. "I told him it was not a good idea. I warned him all day", Mariska said. "Why the car was paid for in cash I do not know."
A sperm cell mix up during ICSI treatments at UMC Utrecht extends beyond 26 couples who are now uncertain about the father of their child. According to research by newspaper AD, the mix up also disrupted the family plans of at least 84 couples from Utrecht to Arnhem.
A signal failure brought train traffic around Amersfoort to a complete standstill on Monday morning. No trains are traveling between Amersfoort and Barneveld, Utrecht, Weesp and Zwolle, NS says on its website.
The Utrecht police believe they dismantled a dog fighting ring with three arrests in Amersfoort, Zeist and Soest. A total of 25 pit bulls were rescued, including 11 puppies.
On Monday NS launched an experiment in which passengers traveling outside rush hour are given points, which they can save up for free stuff like cake and coffee. NS hopes that this will relieve some pressure on overcrowded trains during rush hour