Maastricht

Ambulance
Aug 17 '17 08:30

One person was killed in a shooting in a home on Bosscherweg in Maastricht on Wednesday night, the police said on Twitter. The victim's identity is not yet known.

Local residents reported hearing bangs fro the home around 11:00 p.m., according to ANP. Responding officers found a wounded person in the home, who died despite first responders' aid.

The police closed down the area for investigation. No arrests were made as yet, a spokesperson said to the news wire. 

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Jul 31 '17 16:20

Over the past days the Belgian police arrested three people suspected of money laundering via bitcoins. One of the suspects is a 24-year-old Dutch man called Tommie V., the Telegraaf reports. He was arrested on Saturday.

Jul 24 '17 16:10

Two men from Belgium are suspected of setting a large fire in the cave system on the border between Maastricht and the Belgian village of Kanne last week. The fire started on Thursday night and is still burning, RTL Nieuws reports.

On Saturday morning the fire department gave up on extinguishing the fire and are now just keeping it under control while it burns out. That can take weeks. Both Maastricht and Kanne are covered in smoke. "People must take a week or two of smoke and stench into account", a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster.

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 12 '17 14:00

Airbnb and other home-sharing sites like Wimdu and HomeAway cause stress for the owners of traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites in the Netherlands, according to a survey by Statistics Netherlands. The survey showed that a quarter of Dutch accommodation owners experience competition from home sharing. 

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Jul 11 '17 11:50

Amsterdam has the biggest student housing shortage in the Netherlands, according to an investigation by national student union LSVb. The union concluded that the Dutch capital has 12 thousand fewer student homes or rooms than students, Het Parool reports.

The massive shortage can partly be attributed to strict rental policy in the private sector making it hard for students to find a private home to rent in Amsterdam, combined with a shortage of available corporation housing. 

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Jul 3 '17 10:40

An increasing number of Dutch homes are being bought without a mortgage, according to the Land Registry. Last year almost a third of the apartments sold in the Netherlands were bought in cash, NOS reports.

In the large Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, about 25 percent of houses were bought without a mortgage. In student cities like Delft, Groningen and Maastricht, 30 percent were bought in cash. Last year mortgage-free buyers spent 8.6 billion euros on homes, 16 percent of the total money spent on mortgages. In 2011 it was 4 billion euros. 

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May 19 '17 08:23

Last year the number of reported crimes in the Netherlands dropped by 8 percent, continuing its d 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.

Snow and Hail fall in Friesland
Apr 17 '17 14:18

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.

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Mar 30 '17 14:20

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.

Dutch police's Forensic Team
Jan 27 '17 13:10

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. 

Kauai, Hawaii
Jan 23 '17 08:53

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. 

Police
Jan 19 '17 16:30

A 28-year-old man from the Maastricht region is a suspected of manslaughter in the 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.

Police
Jan 4 '17 13:50

The widow of a 35-year-old Macedonian man, who , is suing the police. She is accusing the police of murder or manslaughter, her lawyer Hakan Kulcu confirmed to newspaper AD.

Schiphol
Dec 22 '16 09:00

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. 

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Dec 21 '16 07:58

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. 

First trip through the Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel on the A2 underneath Maastricht, 16 Dec 2016
Dec 16 '16 13:15

The opening of thel on the A2 underneath Maastricht was marred by a photo of the bus driver using his smartphone while making the through the tunnel, transporting a number of dignitaries including Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

First trip through the Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel on the A2 underneath Maastricht, 16 Dec 2016
Dec 16 '16 08:23

The new 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.

Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel underneath Maastricht
Dec 15 '16 14:30

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. 

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Nov 15 '16 10:40

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:

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Nov 4 '16 10:17

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.

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.

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Sep 12 '16 09:20

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.

Sep 6 '16 14:10

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.

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Sep 6 '16 07:45

The A2 highway from Maastricht to Eindhoven is closed on Tuesday morning after an accident left about 3 thousand chickens wandering the road

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