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.
Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.
The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.
Over half of the people suspected of a crime in the Netherlands committed that crime in the same municipality in which they live, according to an analysis of crime figures from 2016 by Statistics Netherlands. The police registered 268 thousand suspects last year.
Almost a third of suspects came from a different municipality. About 14 percent of suspects don't have a fixed address in the Netherlands. In nearly a fifth of crimes, the suspects live in one of the four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
The police are investigating the death of an elderly woman in Maastricht. She was found dead in her home on Sluizerbank on Thursday morning. As yet unconfirmed reports say the home was broken into, according to 1Limburg.
A neighbor called the police after she hadn't seen her neighbor for several days. Officers went to check it out and found the woman dead in her home.
In a statement the police only say that the woman died under "suspicious circumstances". The home was closed off and a forensic team performed a technical investigation.
A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.
The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.
According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail.
A 28-year-old man from the Maastricht region is a suspected of manslaughter in the fatal arrest of Macedonian man Bekim Hasani in December last year, lawyer Peer Szymkowiak confirmed to several media sources on Thursday. The man helped a police officer, a police officer in civilian clothes and a member of the Marechaussee in overpowering Hasani in a shopping center in Maastricht, AD reports.
The widow of a 35-year-old Macedonian man, who died during an arrest in Maastricht on December 20th, is suing the police. She is accusing the police of murder or manslaughter, her lawyer Hakan Kulcu confirmed to newspaper AD.
In the third quarter of this year, Schiphol and Eindhoven airport both accommodated a record number of passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. At Schiphol 18.6 million passengers crossed the floor, an 8 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Eindhoven had 1.5 million passengers, a 15 percent increase.
According to Statistics Netherlands, these two Dutch airports have seen an increase in passenger each quarter for the past six years.
A failed asylum seeker died shortly after being arrested by the police in Maastricht on Tuesday. Limburg Police Chief Gery Veldhuis mentioned a chokehold and possible strangulation in a statement on Tuesday night, but denied that the police would do that, the Volkskrant reports.
The 35-year-old Macedonian man recently came to the Netherlands. On Monday the immigration police informed him that his asylum application was rejected and that he had to leave the European Union within 28 days, according to the newspaper.
The new Koning Willem-Alexander Tunnel on the A2 under Maastricht officially opened to traffic on Friday morning. And while there is a traffic jam on the A2 from Eindhoven to Maastricht, it is unrelated to the tunnel, according to the ANWB. Motorists should take 20 minutes of extra travel time into account because of this traffic jam.
The Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel under Maastricht is opening to traffic tonight. The intention is that this 2.4 kilometer long tunnel will put an end to an era of long traffic jams on the A2 highway in the city, NOS reports.
According to Rijkswaterstaat, the tunnel will take about 80 percent of the traffic currently traveling along Maastricht, and will therefore make a significant improvement to the rush hour situation on the A2.
Michelin announced its Bib Gourmand 2017 fr the Benelux region. A total of 134 restaruants in the Netherlands got these honours, 18 of which for the first time. 17 restaurants lost their Bib Gourmand, Misset Horeca reports.
Michelin awards the Bib Gourmand title to restaurants that offers a full menu for no more than 37 euros. A total of 313 restaurants in the Benelux received this honor - 165 in Belgium, 14 in Luxembourg and 134 in the Netherlands.
The following 18 restaruants are new to the list in the Netherlands:
Maastricht suspected terrorist is returning to the Netherlands next week, according to Limburg broadcaster L1. Serbia is extraditing the very pregnant 26-year-old woman and she is scheduled to land on Schiphol airport on Thursday.
Ramona S. was arrested in Belgrade with her Belgian-Turkish husband seven weeks ago. The authorities suspect her of trying to travel to Syria with the intent of joining a terrorist organization.
A 26-year-old Dutch woman was arrested in the Serbian capital of Belgrade "because of a terrorist offense", according to Serbian newspaper Vecenje Novosti. Her Belgian-Turkish husband was also arrested.
A 6-year-old boy was seriously injured in an accident with an attraction at a carnival in Reuver on Monday. According to the police, the boy's arm somehow got stuck between moving parts of the attraction.
The A2 highway from Maastricht to Eindhoven is closed on Tuesday morning after an accident left about 3 thousand chickens wandering the road
On Tuesday the court in Limburg convicted a 15-year-old girl of trying to join a terrorist organization. The girl was caught preparing to join Islamic State last year
The Maastricht police seized about 70 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin in a warehouse on Sint Gerardusweg on Tuesday. This bust forms part of a larger investigation into drug trafficking in the city.
Amsterdam was once again the most unsafe city in the Netherlands last year, according to Dutch newspaper AD's annual crime meter for 2015.
A 39-year-old mother from Maastricht was killed in a head-on collision caused by an elderly woman, 87, driving the wrong way on the A79 highway near Klimmen. The older driver, from Schin op Geul, Limburg was also killed in the crash, and the young mother's three children were all injured, police said on Friday.
Two people were killed in a head-on collision on the A79 between Maastricht and Heerlen on Friday. The accident was caused by a person driving on the wrong side of the highway. Three people were seriously injured and taken to the hospital, according to the police.
A young man with Down's Syndrome that went missing from Alkmaar on Thursday, was found safe and sound in Maastricht a few hours later. It turns out that he was not so much missing, as on an adventure.
Geert Wilders, leader of anti-Islam party PVV, had little success in Maastricht with his campaign against the association agreement with the Ukraine, the referendum for which is next week.