Three suspects have been arrested in a case involving extortion, blackmail and pedophilia. A man from Helmond was lured to a house in Roermond with the promise of sex with two young girls, aged 13 and 14 years. Once there three other adults forced him to pay 40 thousand euros.
The city of Utrecht, as well as the cities of Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Heerlen and Tilburg, are still investigating whether cannabis cultivation can be regulated, Utrecht announced on Monday. The Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, is still opposed to the idea, saying that regulation does not contribute to the fight against organized crime and that it is contrary to international obligations.
The NPO 3FM Serious Request performance is going to attract attention to children and young adults in the war torn areas of greatest conflicts, the show's DJ Paul Rabbering announced on Sunday. Fundraising to assist those children will be the focus of this year's Glass House marathon radio broadcast, taking place later this year in Heerlen.
The Cabinet must not allow municipalities to grow their own weed. A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, supported this motion brought by the CDA on Tuesday. 75 parliamentarians voted for, 70 voted against.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of inadvertently causing an apartment explosion in Heerlen, Limburg on April 20. Authorities are holding the man in restricted custody, and limiting his contact to the outside world as the investigation is ongoing, police said in a statement.
A group of young Muslims decided to celebrate King's Day by handing out 15 thousand free Korans in 13 Dutch cities. With this action they hope to counterbalance the negative image of Islam formed by actions by terrorist organization ISIS and extremists attacks, Het Parool reports.
Police investigating the violent explosion of a Heerlen apartment building think part of the gas line leading to the building was stolen. The alleged theft is a possible cause of the incident, police announced Friday.
The damage caused by the explosion in an apartment building in Heerlen on Monday could cost millions to repair. Affected residents may not be able to return to their homes for up to five weeks. Three people were injured in the explosion.
Three people were injured in the explosion in an apartment in Heerlen on Monday morning. One of the victims was taken to the hospital in serious condition, the other two were treated by general practitioners, a spokesperson for the Limburg-Zuid fire department said.
Several people were injured in an explosion in a flat on Van Weerden Poelmanstraat in Heerlen on Monday morning. The top floor of the four-story apartment building was almost completely destroyed, 1Limburg reports.
Two police cars collided with each other on Ganzenweide in Heerlen at about 19:30 on Thursday night. They were responding to a report of a fight.
Limburg is again in the news because of forced underage prostitution. According to the Public Prosecutor, two girls aged 14 and 15 from Kerkrade were forced to work as prostitutes for 6 months, NOS reports. Two men from Heerlen are in custody.
Justice in Limburg suspects that criminal organizations in the south of the Netherlands make teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 years work in cannabis plantations, De Telegraaf reports.
More than 18 thousand people have signed up to play hide-and-seek in the IKEA store in Eindhoven on May 16th, according to the Facebook page "Versoppertje in de Ikea Eindhoven". This seemed to worry the store, who put a stop to the event.
Firefighters spent almost 5 hours trying to bring a fire in a business complex on Passartweg, Heerlen under control. They only managed to do so after breaking holes through the building's walls. This allowed them to reach the fire in the basement. The fire was under control at around 02:45 this morning, NOS reports.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on hand at the opening of the new European headquarters of Israeli-owned global production and manufacturing company Israel Chemicals Limited (ICL) in Amsterdam.
The Belgian police shot two armed jihadists dead and arrested one in a Belgian city of Verviers late Thursday night. The armed men were part of a network which partly consists of returned rebel fighters from the Syrian Civil War. They were planning on attacking police stations and courthouses, according to Belgian police.
It seems that a number of cities in the Netherlands will start with an experiment with controlled cannabis cultivation next year, despite the fact that Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice is still firmly opposed to the idea.
The new NS timetable took effect yesterday. The new schedule means that there will be a train every half an hour on all routes.
Since the advent of Sunday- and online shopping, the interest in shopping evenings has declined, especially in recent years. The number of late night shoppers has plummeted in almost all major cities.
Amsterdam, like Utrecht, Heerlen and Eindhoven, plans to experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. No less than five parties in the Amsterdam city council want a selected grower to produce weed.
An accident in Kerkrade caused six people to be injured, four of whom are in serious condition. The accident also caused a building at the Carboonplein square to be evacuated, the police reports.
Police are currently dismantling a drug lab in Heerlen that was discovered this morning in Heerlen.
Dozens of mayors in The Netherlands have come together to plead for a regulation of marijuana cultivation. They want to permit sale of the soft drug in coffeeshops, as well as the cultivation. In an interview with de Volkskrant, mayor Paul Depla of Heerlen outs hard criticism on the current cannabis policy in The Cabinet.