Heerlen

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Aug 18 '17 08:46

The number of children in the Netherlands growing up in a family that receives welfare benefits increased by 2.1 percent to a total of 230 thousand last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. This number increased every year since 2012. 

More than two thirds of children who lived on welfare last year had an immigration background. Half of this group fall under the "other non-western category", compared to 39 percent in 2012. In this category the stats office includes all non-western countries except Morocco, Suriname, Turkey, Aruba and the former Dutch Antilles. 

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Aug 4 '17 11:30

The Public Prosecutor postponed a massive DNA kinship investigation in the 1998 murder of 11-year-old with a few months. The investigation was , but has now been pushed back to the first quarter of 2018, AD reports.

Jul 24 '17 08:10

One in eight Roosendaal residents said they experienced many problems with drug use or drug trade in their neighborhood last year - the biggest proportion of all larger municipalities in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor. The rest of the top six is made up of Limburg's four largest municipalities and Rotterdam.

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Jul 18 '17 14:40

The help offered to 15-year-old , who committed suicide early this year after , fell short, the Youth Care Inspectorate concluded in a report published on Tuesday.

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Jul 7 '17 14:10

Two teenagers, were found safe in Kerkrade on Thursday night. Mikey (15) and Christel (13) are both in good health, the police said in a statement.

A local residents noticed the two teenagers sitting on a bench on Meuserstraat around 8:50 p.m. She suspected that they may be the two missing kids and called the police.

Christel van den Berg and Mikey Rademaker, missing from Veldhoven and Heerlen since 29 June 2017
Jul 3 '17 07:32

The police launched a search for 15-year-old Mikey Rademaker from Heerlen and 13-year-old Christel van den Berg from Veldhoven, both of whom went missing on Thursday. The teens are friends and the police believe they may be together.

Both kids went missing on June 29th. Christel disappeared after leaving her school in Bladel. Mikey disappeared after leaving his home. The kids were seen together on the Markt in Hoensbroek on Friday morning, according to the Telegraaf. 

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Jun 29 '17 16:48

Police in the Netherlands arrested a 38-year-old Syrian man on allegations of involvement in a terrorist act, the public prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday. The arrest of the unnamed man is the third terrorism-related arrest in the Netherlands in a week, all three of which were in the Limburg province.

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Jun 22 '17 08:53

A 28-year-old man was arrested in Heerlen on Wednesday afternoon as part of an investigation into terrorism.

Why the man was arrested is unclear. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor told newspaper AD that he is not currently suspected committing or preparing for a terrorist action. The spokesperson would say nothing else.

The suspect will be arraigned in the next few days. 

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Mar 2 '17 09:20

PVV leader Geert Wilders is resuming his party's public campaign for the upcoming parliamentary elections. "We are going into the country", he said on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jan 13 '17 16:30

Grotius College in Heerlen held a memorial for 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Friday morning. The

Hundreds of students attended the memorial, according to newspaper AD. Students were given the chance to sing songs and read quotes or poems. Afterwards white balloons with messages to Tharukshan were released into the air. 

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Jan 12 '17 17:25

A suspicious package on December 21st contained explosive TNT, lawyer Sjanneke de Crom confirmed on behalf of the suspect she represents. The letter bomb was addressed to Heerlen mayor Ralf Kerwinkel. It ad no detonater, but did contain demands that the mayor pay 1 million euros or a bomb would go off at a later date, AD reports.

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Jan 12 '17 10:04

The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the on Sunday, AD reports.

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Jan 11 '17 15:00

On Tuesday the police in Zuid-Limburg arrested 14 people on suspicion of involvement in dozens of crimes including car thefts, burglaries, ram raids, handling stolen goods and money laundering. According to the police, all 14 suspects no each other and the crimes were committed by varying smaller groups made up of the various suspects. Most of the crimes were committed in Limburg and across the border in Germany and Belgium in 2016.

Tharukshan Selvam; committed suicide on 8 Jan 2017 after being bullied at school
Jan 11 '17 10:54

School organization LVO Parkstad is launching a full investigation into the over the weekend, chairman of the organization Frank Schings said to 1Limburg.

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Jan 11 '17 08:39

A 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy from Heerlen committed suicide on Sunday. According to a message his family posted on Facebook, young Tharukshan Selvam could no longer take the racial abuse, extortion, bullying and harassment on social media accounts from his classmates.

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Jan 6 '17 15:50

A police officer from Schinnen is being prosecuted for sexually abusing an underage girl, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to L1. The police officer was suspended by the police department in Heerlen early in November.

According to Limburg media, the police officer is suspected of sexually abusing a girl he met at a youth welfare club in Schinnen. Both the cop and the underage girl volunteered at youth club Jongeren Intiatief Schinnen. 

Dec 28 '16 07:46

A suspicious package left at the Heerlen city hall last week Wednesday contained a threatening letter addressed to th city's mayor Ralf Krewinkel, according to lawyer Sjanneke de Crom, ANP reports.

De Crom represents the person suspected of leaving the package. He was arrested on Thursday and released again on Tuesday. He remains a suspect. 

The package was discovered during a city council meeting on Wednesday evening last week. Everyone was evacuated from the building and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to investigate.

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Oct 10 '16 10:50

The police arrested five people in Beek, Limburg on Sunday afternoon. They kidnapped a baby in a violent home invasion in Heerlen earlier that day

Aug 23 '16 08:26

Heerlen councilor Christian Petermann was convicted for insulting the Public Prosecution Service and prosecutor Anja Janssen-De Boer by calling her a Nazi on Twitter. On Monday the court in Maastricht fined Petermann 500 euros, 250 euros of which are conditionally suspended

Aug 9 '16 12:30

The Public Prosecutor demanded 40 hours of community service against Heerlen city councilor Christian Petermann for a post on Twitter in which he compares prosecutor Anja Janssen-De Boer to a Nazi

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Aug 9 '16 11:30

Two police officers in Limburg were arrested on Monday on suspicion of leaking confidential information, the Public Prosecutor and Limburg police announced in a joint statement. Another four suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in this case.

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Aug 9 '16 10:22

The police arrested a total of eight people on Monday in the investigation into the assassination of Sven Prince in Heerlen last year. Three of these detainees are suspected of involvement in the assassination, one of violating the weapons and ammunition act and the other four were found with narcotics during home searches, the police said in a statement.

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Jun 20 '16 14:50

Care agencies did not do enough to intervene in a Heerlen family in which a 7-year-old boy was strangled to death by his mother, according to a report by the joint state inspections on the incident

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Jun 15 '16 08:00

Amsterdam is the nicest city to live in the Netherlands and has been for the past decade, according to the Atlas for Municipalities. Emmen is the worst

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