Last year the number of reported crimes in the Netherlands dropped by 8 percent, continuing its declining trend over the past years, according to newspaper AD's annual Crime Meter. Amsterdam also saw a decrease in crime, but the Dutch capital is still the most dangerous city to live in crime-wise.
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.
On Thursday night the police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Baljuwslaan and arrested a total of 10 people. The suspects include nine men and one woman. According to the police, the 9 men make up the entire Haarlem chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang, ANP reports.
The men are aged between 35 and 64 years and come from Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar and IJmuiden. They are all suspected of participation in a criminal organization. Some are also suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson.
A 75-year-old man died on Prins Hendrikstraat in Gouda on Tuesday after he fell from a roof. The police are still investigating exactly what happened, but believe that he was working on removing Christmas lights when he fell, the Telegraaf reports.
Bystanders could not reach the man to give first aid, because of a locked gate. An air ambulance responded to the scene, but it was to late to help the man. He died at the scene.
The victim's identity has not yet been released.
A 76-year-old man from Gouda died of his injuries after he ended up under a train at the Gouda railway station on Monday, the police announced on Tuesday, according to the Telegraaf.
It is unclear how the elderly man ended up on the tracks. The incoming train could not stop in time to avoid hitting him. The victim was rushed to the hospital. But he died of his injuries during the night.
The police are investigating what happened.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a fine of 1,500 euros against Jeffrey Affriyie for violently resisting arrest during a protest at Sinterklaas' national arrival in Gouda two years ago. The Prosecutor also wants Affriyie to pay 1,250 euros in compensation to a police officer who was injured
A 32-year-old suicidal Almere man caused massive amounts of damage when he crashed his car into gas station De Andel on the A12 near Gouda on Saturday night. His car hit a gas pump, which caught fire and destroyed a large part of the gas station
Four apartments in Gouda were evacuated and cordoned off for several hours on Wednesday night after the discovery of a suspicious substance, the police said on Twitter. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in. Several hours of investigation revealed that the substance was not dangerous.
The police seized firearms, ammunition, drugs, money and counterfeit money while searching 19 addresses across the Netherlands on Friday, following the arrest of 23 Hell's Angels and Mongols members in Rotterdam on Thursday.
Behavioral problems and mental health conditions may play a role in the radicalization of young Dutch jihadists, according to a report by the International Center for Counterterrorism in The Hague, which was published on Friday.
Strange sounds heard across the Western Netherlands over the past few weeks has the internet community speculating on what on earth, or outside it, the noises could be.
World restaurant Atlantis in Gouda refused access to 29 year old Gwen Vermeij and her service dog Sakje when she tried to make a reservation for dinner with her parents. The restaurant would not allow the service dogs because he might transfer fleas onto the carpet
The court in The Hague convicted a 17 year old girl from Gouda on Thursday for dosing an unsuspecting classmate with ecstasy. She was sentenced to 90 days in juvenile detention, 75 of which conditionally suspended, and 120 hours of community service. She must also pay 1,245.09 in compensation to the victim
For the next two years Rotterdam can pride itself in having the best big city center in the Netherlands. Gouda gets the same honor in the category for having the best medium sized city center in the Netherlands.
A 23 year old man was killed in an explosion on a pleasure boat on the Nieuwe Veerstal in Gouda on Sunday morning. His 60 year old father survived the blast, but was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries
The Prince Willem-Alexander barracks in Gouda will soon be turned into an asylum center. Earlier this year there were plans to use the building for a large mosque, but these plans were eventually rejected by the city council.
Consultancy and service firm Royal Imtech N.V. formally entered bankruptcy protection on Thursday. The fate of part of the Gouda-based company's workforce, including 22,000 global employees, of which 2,700 are in the Netherlands, is not yet known.
The moving train restaurant Panorama Rail Restaurant will be riding through the Randstad once a week from late August, the restaurant announced on its website on Wednesday.
Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice sees no facts or circumstances to abandon the construction of the new large mosque in Gouda. According to him, this is a local, ongoing process and there is no reason for the Cabinet to intervene.
The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam has decided not to prosecute the 26-year old man suspected of insulting the King and the Queen during Zwarte Piet demonstrations by saying "fuck the king, fuck the queen and fuck the royal palace," the Public Prosecutor (OM) declared on Thursday. The Prosecution determined the statement was made "within the context of public debate," which means that relevant statements are not punishable.
“Help! My little son Jesse lost his guinea pig Trippel on the train. Can you help?” reads the panicked message from a mom on Twitter to staffers at the national Dutch railway NS. The customer service and public relations teams sprung into action, enlisting children across the country to help track down the missing rodent.
The mosque management of the El Wahda mosque is making plans for a "substantially" smaller and more community focused mosque in Gouda after withdrawing from the original plans for a "mega mosque" on Tuesday, NU reports.
The management of El Wahda pulled out of the plans for a large mosque in Gouda yesterday "given the fuss". This happened just one day before the plans for the mosque would (probably) have been voted down by the City Council, the Volkskrant reports.
The arrival of the new mosque in Gouda Noord now hinges on the decision of opposition party ChristenUnie's decision next week. The VVD and SGP have already decided to vote against the plans, Omroep West reports.