Drug criminals seem to be moving their activities from the southern parts of the Netherlands to the rest of the country, especially when it comes to ecstasy, the police concluded from the latest figures on ecstasy, RTL Nieuws reports.
Part of the Rabobank building in Vinkel, Brabant collapsed after an ATM bombing at the building during the early hours of Monday morning. The residents of two apartments close to the building were evacuated and given shelter elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
Due to a risk that explosives were left behind, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to investigate, according to newspaper AD. Grid manager Enexis was also at the scene because the explosion knocked the power out for several homes in the area. According to the police, no one was injured.
Former CDA treasurer in Leende Wim van der P. was remanded into custody for at least another month by the court in Den Bosch on Thursday. He is suspected of involvement in a massive drug lab found in a building on his property last month, the Telegraaf reports.
A SWAT team arrested a 28-year-old asylum seeker after he set two small fires in the asylum center in the Brabant town of Grave on Sunday, NU.nl reports.
The fires started around 7:00 p.m. A police spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl that the a 28-year-old resident of the asylum center was arrested on suspicion of arson.
The main suspect arrested in connection with a large drug lab discovered in the Brabant town of Leende last week was identified as Wim van der P., according to newspaper AD. Until last week Friday he was treasurer of the CDA faction Heeze Leende Sterksel.
Carnival group De Lolmaakers in Leende decided not to participate in this year's carnival parades on Saturday. On Thursday the police discovered a massive drug lab on the property where they were building their float. As they are not allowed on the crime scene, De Lolmakers won't be able to finish their float in time for the parade.
Brabant football club VV Bladella in Bladel expelled four boys from the club because they did not sell enough raffle tickets. The parents of at least three of the boys are furious. And football association KNVB "urged the club to reverse the measure", but Bladella does not intend to make an exception, AD reports.
Fire departments in the provinces of Gelderland, Brabant and Limburg have been receiving reports of a strange stench in the provinces since the early hours of Tuesday morning. The first report came in at the Brabant-Noord fire department around 2:00 a.m., ANP reports.
According to the fire department, whatever is causing the smell seems not to be in the Netherlands. Rather an easterly wind is blowing the smell into our country. What exactly is causing the smell is still unclear. The fire department made inquiries in Germany, but so far there is no explanation.
A new wave of assassinations seems to have hit the Nethelrands. In less than five weeks, four people were assassinated, two of them in this week, the Telegraaf reports.
Four assassinations in five weeks is a remarkably high number, given the fact that the average in the Netherlands is about eight a year. The high number is on par for the past three years. At least 60 assassinations were committed during this time. That massive increase is even more remarkable when you take into account that the total number of murders in the Netherlands decreased by about 30 percent since 2002.
Nuon will soon be charging an hourly rate for charging your car at one of the 1,240 charging points the company will be installing in Brabant and Limburg over the next two years. The company hopes that this will help solve the problem of overcrowded charging points, the Volkskrant reports.
A woman in Wernhout, Brabant shot and killed two "pit bull like" dogs on Sunday after the dogs attacked her husband, the dogs' owner. The woman shot the dogs to free her husband from their jaws, the Volkskrant reports.
For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.
In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe.
A bunch of explosives found in Tilburg over New Year's was not intended as fireworks, but as some kind of crime. The 25-year-old man who was arrested at the discovery of the explosives is officially suspected of "preparing for a crime", a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said on Tuesday, AD reports.
Nearly a quarter of all the murders and manslaughters committed in the Netherlands this year, were committed in Amsterdam. Throughout the Netherlands 99 people were killed by violence so far this year, 23 of the victims died in Amsterdam, according to figures from moordatlas.nl, AD reports.
Last year there were a total of 115 homocides in the Netherlands, with the 100th victim dying on November 8th. So far it seems likely that there will be fewer homicides this year, following the downward trend of the past years.
The Netherlands nominated itself to be the location for a new European plant for American electric car manufacturer Tesla. "The government will certainly endeavour to get the production plant to the Netherlands", Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs wrote to parliament, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Regional Disciplinary Tribunal in Eindhoven suspended a doctor in Brabant for six months for a sexual relationship he had with a patient, Omroep Brabant reports.
After two appointments with the doctor, the female patient asked the doctor if he was single. They chatted online and had sex in her home. The woman found out that the doctor was already in a relationship and refused to make an end to it. So she decided to file a complaint with the disciplinary committee.
Brabant was named the "European Region of Gastronomy 2018" and budgeted some 7 million euros for a program around this title. But according to research by the Brabants Dagblad, this title formed no part of an actual competition.
The province announced the title with much ado in the summer, according to the newspaper. The annoucment created the idea that it was a hard fight to be named the European Region of Gastronomy, with words used like "prestigious title" and "award" accepted by deputy Marie Spierengs and her Brabant delegation.
It seems that ruling party VVD will support regulating cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands after all. During a VVD conference in Noordwijkerhout a vast majority of party members forced the party leaders to change their positition on this issue by voting in a proposal for "smarter regulatioin" brought by party members in Zuid-Nederland, Trouw reports.
The police received 25 tips regarding the 2003 murder of Alex Wiegmink, also known as the Posbank murder, after the case was discussed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. A cold case team recently reopened the case.
Alex Wiegmink, 44, was reported missing on January 20th, 2003 when he never came home from a run in the Posbank in Rheden. His remains were found in his burning Opel Omega in the woods near Erp, Brabant later that night.
There will be no trains traveling between Brabant and Zuid-Holland from after morning rush hour on Tuesday due to emergency repairs to the rails on the Moerdijkbrug. Some 75 thousand people use that railway route every day
The police are looking for former No Surrender member Sooi de Coninck on suspicion of murdering 27-year-old Hugo van Houten in Molenschot last year. Over the past month the police unsuccessfully tried to find and arrest De Coninck, which is why it was decided to release his name to the public
The Dutch authorities discovered over 2 thousand kilograms of coral, skins, skulls and bones of protected and endangered animals in a office building and five warehouses in Brabant. This "record" discovery was made in a wildlife crime investigation launched after the discovery 345 kilos of coral in a shipping container in Rotterdam, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The grave of young Ajax fan Michael van Luik was vandalized in the cemetery of the Lucia church in Mierlo sometime between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. According to his sister in law Eveline van Luik, who posted photos of the desecrated grave on Facebook, this is the sixth time its happened in four months.
A 30-year-old man from Goirle was arrested on Saturday with a loaded gun in his car. The police searched his house and found and seized a taser, a balaclava, a bulletproof vest and 500 bullets for the gun, the police said in a statement on Sunday.