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Police
Aug 22 '17 12:20

The police discovered a heroin lab in an apartment building on Dotterlei in Capelle aan den IJssel on Sunday night. When police officers arrived at the 3rd floor apartment's door, one of the suspects inside decided to run for it by jumping through the window, the Telegraaf reports.

The 26-year-old man from Rotterdam miraculously survived the jump without breaking any bones and fled further on foot. A motorcycle officer arrested him at a subway station later, according to the police.

Sushi
Aug 22 '17 09:08

A "scarily high" 31 percent of sushi meals that are delivered to customers' homes contain too much bacteria, according to consumers association Consumentenbond. This is caused by poor hygiene in the preparation of the meals, the association concludes after testing 160 sushi samples from 20 restaurants in five cities, NU.nl reports.

Poor hygiene standards include using dirty cutting boards and employees not washing their hands before working with the food. In many cases the delivered sushi was fresh, the Consumentenbond added. 

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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. 

Crime scene tape
Aug 18 '17 08:18

As in previous years, the number of murders committed in the Netherlands decreased in 2016, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. Last year a total of 110 people were killed by violence in the country, ten fewer than in 2015. The victims were 76 men and 34 women.

The number of murder victims halved since the start of this century, both in men and women.

2,500 kilos of hemp found in a charcoal shipment from Nigeria in the port of Rotterdam, 18 Jul 2017
Aug 17 '17 16:30

Seven men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of 2,500 kilograms of hemp in a container of charcoal at the port of Rotterdam in July, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.

The hemp was hidden in a shipment of charcoal that arrived at the port from Nigeria on July 18th. Customs officers discovered the drugs with the help of a container scan and a sniffer dog, according to the Prosecutor. The hemp was removed from the container and destroyed, and the container was sent to its destination. 

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Aug 16 '17 13:40

The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports. 

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Aug 16 '17 10:20

The Rotterdam police arrested a 26-year-old scooter rider last week after finding several cellphones and over 100 thousand euros in cash on his person. The man could not explain why he had so much money on him, AD reports.

water
Aug 15 '17 13:40

Traces of the potentially carcinogenic substance GenX were found in the tap water of The Hague, Zoetermeer and Leiden, water company Dunea announced on Tuesday. The company stresses that the concentrations are very low and that the drinking water is still safe, AD reports.

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Aug 15 '17 11:40

A 33-year-old woman was arrested last week on suspicion of money laundering in a Marktplaats scam. The Rotterdam police believe the woman let fraudsters use her bank account for their scam, which involved selling non existent text books to students via online shopping platform Marktplaats, AD reports.

This investigation has been running since 2015, when a total of 108 victims reported being scammed. They bought text books on Marktplaats, paid the money but never received the books. The total amount of damages was over 4 thousand euros. 

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Aug 14 '17 12:30

The Dutch police arrested an Albanian murder suspect during a traffic check on the A13 near Rotterdam this weekend, according to the Telegraaf. The man, Hektor Mahmutai (41), is on Albania's most wanted list for murder and the possession of military weapons.

The police pulled him over because he was driving in a rental car of a company with a suspicious reputation, according to the newspaper. His story was vague, so the police decided to check his papers. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Aug 14 '17 07:55

No trains are running between Rotterdam Central Station and Den Haag Central Station this week, due to maintenance work on the rails. The work started on Monday and is expected to take until Sunday, NS said on its website.

NS advises travelers to detour, for example via Gouda, or use the Randstad Rail. One commuter train will travel between Den Haag Central Station and Den Haag HS. Buses are deployed on some routes. 

The rail company advises travelers to take extra travel time of between 15 minutes and 30 minutes into account. 

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Aug 11 '17 14:50

A body was found in a burning home on Neel Gijsenstraat in Rotterdam on Friday morning. The police are investigating the cause of the fire and how the person died, AD report.

The fire department responded to the home around 7:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later the fire was under control. Firefighters found the deceased person while checking the home.

At this stage there is no reason to believe the person was killed in a crime, according to the police. 

Rotterdam
Aug 9 '17 14:50

Rotterdam can go ahead with its plans to build the tallest building in the Netherlands - a residential tower of 215 meters high - in the Zalmhaven complex, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday morning. The Council rejected objections filed by local residents, ANP reports.

Rotterdam politicians already agreed to the construction. But residents from surrounding neighborhoods turned to the Council of State because they fear the skyscraper will cause parking problems and "affect living conditions". One of their concerns was that the tower will block sunlight, for example.

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman's funeral, 8 Aug 2017
Aug 8 '17 16:20

Former National Police Chief Gerard Bouman was buried in Rotterdam on Tuesday. Hundreds of police officers formed an honor guard along the route Bouman's coffin was taken, NOS reports.

Bouman at the age of 64 from the consequences of a

Juliana Church on Zaandijkstraat in Rotterdam goes up in flames, 6 Aug 2017
Aug 7 '17 08:46

The Juliana Church on Zaandijkstraat in Rotterdam was destroyed in a large fire on Sunday night. The fire department considers the building, located in the Heijplaat neighborhood, as lost. No one was injured, NOS report.

The wooden floors and roof beams meant that the fire spread very quickly. The fire department managed to get the fire under control during the early hours of Monday morning, but firefighters could not enter the building to continue extinguishing it due to the risk of collapse. The church's tower top collapsed in the fire. 

Crime scene tape
Aug 4 '17 07:52

The Rotterdam police are determined to identify a , hidden in some bushes in the parking lot next to the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam on Thursday. Investigators call on anyone with information to come forward, AD reports.

The gender and age of the child is still unclear. As is how or how long ago the baby died. It is also unclear whether the child was killed in a crime.

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Aug 3 '17 14:10

A plastic bag containing remains was found in some bushes near the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam. Whether the remains are human has not been confirmed, but NOS reporter Robert Bas told the broadcaster he saw "something like a human skull".

A passerby reported the plastic bag to the police on Thursday morning. It is lying among some plants on the Antoine Platekade in Rotterdam-Zuid, close to the theater and the court. 

A local resident told NOS that he noticed the bag on Tuesday already, but had no idea what was in it. 

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Aug 2 '17 16:30

The police arrested two men suspected of involvement in the death of 52-year-old Melvin Arduin. He died a few days after being attacked in De Vaag bar on Straatweg in Rotterdam in February, AD reports.

The suspects were arrested separately. They are 31 and 35 years old, both from Rotterdam. They are facing charges of public violence. A 19-year-old was previously arrested in Spain and extradited to the Netherlands. He is still in custody. 

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Aug 1 '17 16:00

Jos van Winsen, director of the Shell refinery in Pernis, Rotterdam, offered his apologies on Tuesday for over the past days. "We are extremely sorry, this is not what we are", Van Winsen said to RTV Rijnmond.

fireworks
Aug 1 '17 14:00

This New Year's there will be a fireworks show especially for children in Rotterdam, the organizers of the National Fireworks at the Erasmus Bridge announced. The Kids Fireworks will be held on a pontoon at the bridge between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, ANP reports.

Crime scene
Aug 1 '17 08:51

A 42-year-old man drowned in the Zevenhuizerplas in Rotterdam on Monday. He was swimming with his teenage son when he disappeared under water, NOS reports.

The boy tried to save him, but to no avail. Emergency services pulled the Bleiswijk man's body out of the water after a 20 minute search. The emergency services believe that the man became exhausted while swimming and couldn't make it back to the shore.

Shell Pernis in Rotterdam
Aug 1 '17 07:45

Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.

A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.

Library books
Jul 28 '17 15:40

Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper.

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Jul 28 '17 13:40

Firefighters found a critically injured man, with what seemed to be gunshot wounds, while extinguishing a fire in a home in Rotterdam on Friday morning, ANP reports.

The fire brigade responded to the house on Hooidrift after a fire broke out there on Friday morning. "During the extinguishing they encountered the victim, who did not seem to be unwell due to smoke. He was very hurt", a police spokesperson said to the news wire. "Our estimation is that he has a gunshot wound."

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