The construction of 162 window brothels on the Nieuwe Zandpad in Utrecht was delayed for the time being. An investigation into the investor revealed that "a serious dangerous" exists that crimes are being committed with the property that was to be built, Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said on Thursday, ANP reports.
In December home prices in the Netherlands were 6.7 percent higher than in December 2015, the biggest increase since May 2002, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry announced on Friday.
Throughout 2016 the prices of homes increased about 5 percent, continuing the upward trend of the past years. Compared to the low point in the housing market in June 2013, house prices in the Netherlands increased nearly 14 percent. The average price for an existing home is now back at the level of November 2005, but still 11 percent below the peak level of August 2008.
On Saturday the police arrested two men in Huizen after a long car chase. The suspects had two automatic firearms in the car with them. Sources of newspaper AD claim that they were on their way to assassinate a man, after they shot and killed the wrong man last week.
The suspects were spotted on Faustdreef on Saturday night. The police found them suspicious and decided to pull their car over. Instead of pulling over, the men sped off and the police gave chase. They were eventually arrested in Huizen.
Ikram Ammari, a 13-year-old girl missing from Driebergen in Utrecht since Monday, was found unharmed on Tuesday night, the police said in a statement. Where she was during the more than 24 hours that she was missing is unclear. The police would also not say where she was found.
Dozens of police were joined by a military search-and-rescue unit in a concerted effort to track down Ikram Ammari, a 13-year-old girl missing from Driebergen, Utrecht since Monday. The search is centered in the heavily-wooded area between Driebergen and Zeist where some of the girl’s belongings were found.
Part of the search took place at a natural body of water in the woods, while patrols were also seen inspecting condemned commercial property and parking lots in the area, local reports said.
A shooting in an apartment building in the Utrecht neighborhood of Overvecht left one person dead early on Thursday morning. The circumstances surrounding the shooting is still very unclear, NOS reports.
The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. in an apartment building on Faustdreef. According to the broadcaster, it happened on the porch of an apartment.
The police are doing a trace evidence investigation at the apartment.
The police arrested two men on Monday on suspicion of sexually exploiting a 16-year-old girl over a period of several weeks, the police announced in a statement.
The police launched an investigation after reports of a underage girl working as a prostitute. The investigation led to the suspects - a 41-year-old man from Utrecht and a 25-year-old man with no fixed address. The arrests were made by the Migration Crime and Human Trafficking team in Utrecht and Bilthoven respectively.
The investigation is still ongoing and the police believe that more arrests may follow.
Another 66 couples can not start their fertility treatment at UMC Utrecht's IVF laboratory after it was shut down due to a mix up with ICSI treatment, which resulted in 26 women maybe being fertilized with the wrong sperm.
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.
A sperm cell mix up during ICSI treatments at UMC Utrecht extends beyond 26 couples who are now uncertain about the father of their child. According to research by newspaper AD, the mix up also disrupted the family plans of at least 84 couples from Utrecht to Arnhem.
Mayor Jan van Zanen of Utrecht and Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs are very concerned about developments around the alFitrah mosque in Overvecht. Asscher, also the Deputy Prime Minister, is calling on parents to keep their kids away from the mosque, DUIC reports.
Cocaine use in the cities of Utrecht and Eindhoven increased significantly over the past year, according to the European agency for drugs and drug addiction EMCDDA based on a study on drugs in the sewage of cities, ANP reports.
In Utrecht the amount of cocaine residue found in the sewage was twice as high as last year. According to the researchers' calculations, about half a kilo of cocaine is used in the city each day. In Eindhoven that number is slightly higher.
After years of renovations, the Utrecht Centraal train station finally opened today. And all travelers were invited to enjoy the day long celebration of the reopening, DUIC reports.
The festivities started at 6:30 a.m. with a lesson from yoga teacher Christa Schep. "Try to keep your breathing calm and constant", you could hear her saying from the balcony, over the rush of people trying to catch their train.
The Dom Tower in Utrecht is deteriorating faster than thought and it is starting to crumble, according to a letter from alderman Paul Jansen. The city is installing nets in the lantern - the open part of the tower - to prevent visitors and other pedestrians getting hit on the head, NOS reports.
The tower was inspected in October. The inspection revealed that the south and west sides of the tower in particular are worse off than expected. The Dom is not at the point of collapse, but intervention is needed. Nets will now be placed in the tower at a height of 70 and 90 meters.
The Dutch Salvation Army made 568 extra shelter available across the Netherlands on Monday night. The organization wants to make sure that every homeless person in the country has a place to shelter from the autumn chill, the Telegraaf reports.
Most of the extra beds were placed in the large cities, for example Amsterdam got 200 extra beds and Rotterdam got 195. In smaller towns the extra beds were placed in the existing shelters. But in large cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, separate locations were opened.
The Amsterdam court sentenced the members of an Utrecht "assassination squad" to up to eight years in prison on Monday. The sentence is much lower than the up to 17 years the Public Prosecutor demanded in September.
The police are looking for 18-year-old Niels Wienberg, whose been missing from Culemborg since Saturday. The teenage boy is mentally ill and needs to take medicine.
Wienberg left his home in Culemborg on foot early Saturday morning. He was seen at the train station in his home town around 2:00 p.m. There were also reports that he was spotted on Utrecht Central Station.
The teenager was wearing a brown jacket with four pockets, grey sweatpants, a plain black T-shirt with long sleeves and brown/gray seakers of the brand Australian when he ws last seen.
Autumn weather and leaves on the tracks resulted in fewer trains traveling between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between The Hague and Utrecht on Thursday, NS reports.
There will be a train on these routes every 30 minutes, instead of the normal schedule of every 15 minutes. Travelers should take extra trael time of around 15 minutes into account. They also may have to switch trains more often. NS thinks the delays will last until 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Slick railway tracks caused by fallen leaves and rain resulted in fewer trains traveling on the busy routes between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between Den Haag Central and Utrecht Central, NS warns. Delays can be up to 15 minutes per journey.
Trains with damaged wheels can not travel on slick tracks, according to Het Parool. Damaged wheels skid on slick tracks when a train tries to brake and can lead to significant damage.
Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.
Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.
The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.
Protest group Kick Out Zwarte Piet is plainning at least three more protests against blackface Zwarte Piet in the coming weeks, the organization announced on Thursday, ANP reports.
The group will hold "peaceful protests" at Sinterklaas' arrival in Leiden on November 19th, in Utrecht on November 26th and Rotterdam on November 207th.