Crime scene tape
Dec 12 '18 16:00

The murdered brother of key witness did ask for protection, and not only for , sources told Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool.

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
Dec 12 '18 15:10

Jos B., the 56-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in Brunssummerheide in 1998, denies having anything to do with the child's death. He did confess to viewing child pornography, but said in court on Wednesday that he downloaded it accidentally, the Telegraaf reports.

Cockfighting training center found in Bodegraven, 11 December 2018
Dec 12 '18 14:20

The police arrested two men in Bodegraven on Tuesday on suspicion of arranging illegal cockfights. Investigating officers found over 70 birds as well as what they believe is some kind of cockfighting training center, the police said in a statement.

Dec 12 '18 13:30

Despite efforts by the Dutch government to promote electric driving, the Dutch public still makes little use of electric transport, according to the ANWB's annual Electric Driving Monitor. Most still find electric cars too expensive, NOS reports.

Plenary meeting hall of the Tweede Kamer, Dutch Parliament's lower house (Photo: Wikipedia/Sisyfus)
Dec 12 '18 12:40

Almost all parties in the Tweede Kamer want the government to amend Article 10 of a special emergency law for the Brexit. The 'Brexit Collective Law' will be implemented if the United Kingdom breaks with the European Union with no agreements in place. But the parliamentarians feel the law gives too much power to one minister and uncontrollable powers to the government, NOS reports.

Mark Rutte
Dec 12 '18 11:53

Prime Minister Mark Rutte reacted in horror to reports of a shooting at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening. At least three people were killed and 12 injured, six of whom are in a serious condition, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner confirmed, BBC reports.

"Horrible reports about the shooting in Strasbourg", the Dutch Prime Minister said on Twitter. "My thoughts are with the victims and their next of kin. I have conveyed my condolences to President Emmanuel Macron."

Schiermonnikoog
Dec 12 '18 11:00

A drone intended to transport medicine to the island of Schiermonnikoog, crashed in the Wadden Sea during a test flight, Dagblad van het Noorden reports based on government documents. As this was a test flight, the drone had no medication on board.

According to the documents, the TU Delft drone was given the instruction to land while it was still 1.1 kilometers away from the landing platform. As a result, the drone fell 80 meters from the sky and into the ocean. As the drone's coordinates were known, it was quickly found and recovered by a ship.

The Ocean Cleanup system successfully installed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 17 Oct 2018
Dec 12 '18 10:10

Dutch man 's Ocean Cleanup project is not working quite as it should. The system is moving too slowly to hold on to the plastic it collects in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But Slat is confident that this problem can be solved, he said on Twitter.

"Most aspects of concept have been confirmed (wind vaning, intercepting plastic, wave following) - it's just not moving fast enough yet. This is fixable", he said.

ambulancebroeders-en-agent-bij-incident
Dec 12 '18 09:20

Two cyclists were killed in a traffic accident in the Noord-Limburg town of Grashoek on Wednesday morning. A third cyclist was injured and is in critical condition, the Limburg police said on Twitter.

The cyclists were cycling on Vliegertsdijk at around 7:30 a.m. when they were hit by a van. The injured cyclist was rushed to hospital by helicopter. The victims are three adult men, but more information about their identity is not yet known, the police said. The van driver was not injured. 

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
Dec 12 '18 08:42

Over 5 thousand Groningen residents submitted a joint claim against NAM for compensation for immaterial damages suffered through gas extraction in the province. The claim was filed with the court in Assen, which , NOS reports.

Balloons
Dec 12 '18 08:17

The Den Bosch city council decided on Tuesday night to ban the release of helium balloons in the municipality. The balloons pollute nature and are dangerous for animals, the council parties who supported the ban said, NU.nl reports.

Gavel
Dec 12 '18 07:55

The Public Prosecutor wants harsher punishment for those who insult or assault people based on their gender identity, according to a new designation of discrimination the Public Prosecution Service published on Tuesday. From January 1st Prosecutors will be able to demand harsher punishments if someone is discriminated against because they are transsexual or transgender, RTL Nieuws reports.

Lodewijk_Asscher_2015_(1)
Dec 12 '18 07:31

The PvdA wants to ban special schools from refusing pupils. Labor leader Lodewijk Asscher submitted a legislative proposal that will anchor the freedom of education in the Constitution. If it is up to him, pupils will have the right to education, and schools will have an obligation to accept them, NOS reports.

Fruit picking
Dec 11 '18 16:50

Entrepreneurs in retail, hospitality, recreation, agriculture, and horticulture, among others, are protesting against the Labor Market in Balance Act, which is making temporary work more expensive. They will hand a manifesto with their concerns to the permanent parliamentary committee for social affairs and employment on Tuesday afternoon, NU.nl reports. 

Milica van Doorn, found raped and murdered in Zaanstad on 8 June 1992
Dec 11 '18 16:00

The court in Alkmaar sentenced 47-year-old Husseyin A. to 20 years in prison for killing 19-year-old Milica van Doorn in Zaandam in 1992. The sentence matched what the Public Prosecutor demanded, NOS reports.

Milica was found dead in a pond in her home town of Zaandam in June 1992. She had been raped and murdered. Traces of DNA were found on her body, but these did not lead to a suspect at the time.

Satudarah
Dec 11 '18 15:10

The Satudarah chapter in Geleen threatened to commit a slaughter in the city if the police raided the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse. Messages intercepted by the police show that the motorcycle gang threatened to throw hand grenades into a bar with a hundred or more people inside, was revealed during the first hearing against seven members of Satudarah Geleen on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Ambulance racing down the Damrak after leaving the scene of a stabbing and police shooting at Amsterdam CS, 31 Aug 2018
Dec 11 '18 14:20

One of two American tourists who were is now bound to a wheelchair and may be for the rest of his life, his lawyer said in a pro-forma hearing against suspect on Tuesday. The other victim was stabbed in his arm and sustained nerve damage, NU.nl reports.

binnenhof wiki
Dec 11 '18 13:30

The journalists' press tower on the Binnenhof in The Hague was temporarily on lockdown on Tuesday morning after a letter containing white powder was delivered to the parliamentary editorial office of newspaper De Telegraaf. The press tower is part of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, building.

The police investigated and concluded that the powder was not harmful. Around 12:40 p.m., over 30 minutes after the letter was delivered, the building was released again. 

Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange
Dec 11 '18 12:40

Amsterdam's stock exchange AEX closed on Monday at its lowest point since February 2017. The AEX index closed 1.7 percent lower at 495.31, the Telegraaf reports. 

Police
Dec 11 '18 11:50

If it is up to the police, enforcement officers will not be armed. The police want to cooperate more and better with enforcement officers, but "the monopoly on using force, that remains with the police as far as the police are concerned", National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, RTL Nieuws reports.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a double assassination on Rhijnauwensingel in Rotterdam, 20 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '18 11:00

Two young men were sentenced to 20 and 25 years in prison for assassinating two men in Rotterdam-Beverwaard in December last year. The two perpetrators were both 18 years old at the time of the murders, NU.nl reports.

Ambulance
Dec 11 '18 10:10

A family from Maastricht became unwell due to a carbon monoxide leak in their home on Eyckeroed. The two adults and three children were all admitted to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning, NOS reports.

The source of the carbon monoxide leak is not yet known. The fire department reports that all five victims are still in hospital, but in a stable condition.

The family's home was ventilated and the police are now investigating the cause. 

School bags
Dec 11 '18 09:16

The correct education level for girls in the Netherlands are more often estimated lower in their school advice than that of boys. In the 2017/2018 school year, girls were more often at a higher school level in the third class of secondary education than their school advice said. Boys less often did better than their teachers had expected, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

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Dec 11 '18 08:46

Dutch consumers can expect a considerable increase in their energy bills as of January 1st. Gas and electricity became more expensive and the energy companies will start to process this into their prices. Energy tax is also increasing sharply, RTL Nieuws reports.

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