A cable break was responsible for an elevator accident in the Willemswerf building in Rotterdam in which one man was killed and another critically injured on Wednesday. According to the police, the cable connecting the counterweight broke and the lift shot upwards, with disastrous consequences, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The police are hunting double shooting suspect Elias Adahchour, who managed to escape police custody at the Sint Frannciscus hospital in Rotterdam on Wednesday afternoon. Anyone who spots hin should contact the police at once. Do not approach him yourself because he is "armed and dangerous", the police warns.
Last year a total amount of 13,312 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the port of Rotterdam, breaking the 2013 record of 9,800 kilograms, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, the number of cocaine seizures did not increase, but the size of them did.
One person was killed and another was badly injured Wednesday morning in an accident with a freight elevator in the Willemswerf building on Boompjes in Rotterdam. The lift is believed to have plummeted several stories with the two people inside, AD reports.
The elevator came to a standstill between the 18th and 17th floors shortly after 9 a.m. The two victims were stuck in it for some time. Emergency services struggled to free them, but eventually managed. Both were rushed to the Erasmus MC hospital by 10 a.m., and first reports of the fatality were revealed a half hour later.
On Wednesday afternoon a man lost 16 thousand euros on a train between Rotterdam and Amersfoort. He fell asleep on the train, woke up when he had to change trains at Amersfoort and forgot his bag full of cash on the train. "We are distraught", his friend Mariska Berendsen said to Hart van Nederland. The man himself wants to remain anonymous.
The man had the bag of money with him because he just sold his Audi in Rotterdam. "I told him it was not a good idea. I warned him all day", Mariska said. "Why the car was paid for in cash I do not know."
Public transit operators in the Netherlands are taking concrete steps to go cashless this year. RET, which operates the Rotterdam subway network, is already upgrading all its turnstiles to accept more payment options than just th public transport card. Within a matter of months, Rotterdam travelers will be able to pay with their mobile phones, director Pedro Peters said in his new year's speech on Tuesday, AD reports.
The Rotterdam police confiscated a jacket from a homeless person, because the jacket had the logo of a security company on it. A police officer posted a photo of the jacket on Twitter, leading to outraged reactions on the social media platform and from local politicians.
Early this week officers were escorting seven homeless people out of a car park where they were sleeping. One officer noticed the logo on the jacket. "Confiscated and returned to the security company", a police officer tweeted with a photo of the jacket.
Immigration and an increase in the number of babies born in 2016 pushed the Dutch population over the 17.1 million mark. The four big cities in the Netherlands saw most of the growth, while about 1 in 5 municipalities actually saw their populations shrink, Statistics Netherlands announced on Tuesday.
Amsterdam saw the biggest growth in 2016 with an increase of over 15 thousand residents to a total of almost 850 thousand inhabitants on December 1st, 2016. Rotterdam's population grew with 8 thousand and The Hague and Utrecht with 4 thousand each.
The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties.
A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.
The Rotterdam police found and seized 1,800 kilograms of illegal fireworks after raids in Hoogvliet and Wezep on Wednesday morning. Four people were arrested, the police announced.
The raids were the result of a months-long investigation triggered by the arrest of two minors in Spijkenisse a few months ago. The two kids were in possession of illegal fireworks. Extensive investigation led the police to the two addresses in Hoogvliet and Wezep.
The Rotterdam police's cold case team reopened the case surrounding the murder of 17-year-old Petra van den Berg during the early morning hours of New Year's Day 1982. This is a final attempt to find the Rotterdam teen's murderer, AD reports.
Two men aged 25 and 29 years were passed away after a shooting in Hellevoetsluis on Monday night, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. The shooting happened on Branding around 6:00 p.m.
Emergency services, including paramedics and air ambulances, responded to the scene, according to ANP. Paramedics resuscitated the two victims and rushed them to a hospital. The 29-year-old man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at te hospital. The 25-year-old died during the early hours of Tuesday morning, the police said on Twitter.
NS managed to prevent a strike by train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC planned for today with a lawsuit. The court in Breda banned the strike for the time being because there is a safety risk when crowds of people are stuck together, for example on platforms. From January 6th the union is allowed to arrange a strike, NRC reports.
Left-wing site Indymedia targeted Rotterdam police officers involved in the mass arrest of Zwarte Piet protestors in November in a kind of parody of the game Pokemon Go. The "game", called Poke-A-Cop, includes close up photos of the police officers as well as a description of their role in the arrests.
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.
NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports.
The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great.
Four prison guards and one prisoner were taken to hospital on Wednesday morning to be treated for smoke inhalation in a fire in De Schie prison on Professor Jonkersweg in Rotterdam. Two of the injured inhaled a large amount of smoke, but no one is in life-threatening danger, a spokesperson for the fire department said to newspaper AD.
Two men from Berg en Terblijt in Limburg were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of involvement in a shooting in Rotterdam on Friday. A 23-year-old man from Rotterdam was also arrested, 1Limburg reports.
During the early hours of Friday morning the police received a report of guns shots in Tarwewijk, Rotterdam. A short time later a man showed up at a police station claiming that he was threatened with firearms. The victim, a 25-year-old man from Rotterdam, was taken to a hospital, where a bullet was found in his upper body.
On November 23rd a 58-year-old Rotterdam man died in a police cell shortly after he was arrested. His daughter decided to share her side of the story on Facebook, calling for justice for her father and their family.
Police in the Netherlands arrested a 30-year-old Rotterdam resident suspected of planning a terrorist-related crime, the Dutch public prosecutor revealed on Friday. The suspect had a Kalashnikov AK-47 with two full magazines when authorities conducted the investigation.
A large painting in the suspect’s home depicting a flag used by ISIS was found, as well as four boxes of highly explosive illegal fireworks. Several mobile phones were also seized, along with 1,600 euros.
Pregnant woman who get in too little vitamin D are more than twice as likely to have a child that develops autism, according to a study by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam among over 4 thousand 6-year-olds and their mothers.
Between 2010 and 2015 a total of 117 Amsterdam residents were reported to the national alimony collection agency LBIO because they did not pay their partner alimony, according to figures LocalFocus received from LBIO. On average they owed just over 800 euros a month to their ex-partner, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam residents are relatively good about paying their partner alimony compared to the other big cities in the Netherlands. In Rotterdam 173 people were reported to the LBIO in the same period, and in The Hague 149 people.
The PVV hopes to take many voters from local parties in the municipal elections in 2018, leader Geert Wilders said in a interview with AD over the weekend. Many local parties aren't too worried about this strategy, Trouw reports after speaking to them.'
The PVV shares views with many local parties, Wilders said in the interview. "We already hear of people who want to change", he said. So far the far-right party was only active in The Hague and Almere. "But people want more. I notice that there is a need."
The Public Prosecutor withheld information in the case around 300 kilos of cocaine smuggled from Costa Rica to Rotterdam in 2013, according to the lawyer of suspect Dennis van den B. Customs officer Gerrit G. is also a suspect in this case. If the Prosecutor shared this information, at least two assassinations could have been prevented, the lawyer said in court on Monday, NU.nl reports.