A young Dutch man made world news this week after a woman from Britain accused him in British media of luring her to Amsterdam simply to pull a prank on her. 21-year-old Jesse Mateman from Doetinchem denies that this is what happened. "She made it up", he said to Metro.
An autumn storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday mostly caused damage in the east and north of the country. The biggest disruption caused by the storm, was when tents set up for horse event CSI Salland were blown down in Mariënheem, sending a number of expensive horses running, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 17-year-old girl found herself in what sounds like an action movie on Tuesday. Natasja de Jong and her driving instructor were in the midst of a driving lesson in Emmeloord, when they ended up in the midst of a police chase, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 17-year-old boy was caught in the act of sexually abusing a horse in Hoorn on Friday night. He was arrested, the Telegraaf reports.
The boy was caught with the help of a group of concerned horse owners in Hoorn, after several horses were abused in the town over the past two years. In one stable, camera footage caught a man in a hoodie sexually assaulting horses and even a guinea pig in four separate incidents over the past year, according to the newspaper. Horse owners in Wognum and Worner also found their horses abused.
A HEMA employee who got a bit over-enthusiastic with the whipped cream when decorating a birthday cake, resulted in a 3-year-old boy's birthday cake calling him a "whore".
Thieves stole 14 lifelike sex dolls, worth around 25 thousand euros in total, from the showroom of exclusive sex shop MyTenga in Breda last week. "They only left the couches", shop owner Niels van der Voort said to Omroep Brabant. "All the dolls are gone. Even the old kettle and the six-year-old retro-reflective camera they took with them."
Grumpy faces on Amsterdam residents on Friday morning can be blamed on sleep deprivation caused by the Westertoren. The bells of the church tower started playing at around 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and didn't stop until well after sunrise, AT5 reports.
The bells usually ring every quarter hour. But on Friday morning they didn't stop. The bells played continually from 4:00 a.m. until around 7:30 a.m., repeating the same tune over and over.
Why this happened is not yet clear. The coordinating caretaker told the Telegraaf that the problem may lie in the outdated computer.
The Lelystad police caught a motorist driving with two large lampposts tied to the roof of his relatively small car on Tuesday. Officers could smell alcohol on the man's breath while talking to him. He refused to cooperate in a breathalyzer test and was arrested, the Lelystad police said on Facebook.
The police responded after receiving a report of the man transporting this unusual cargo between Almere and Lelystad. Officers pulled him over on Oostvaardersdijk. What exactly the man was planning to do with the lampposts is unclear.
The Dutch police arrested two men for harassing at least eight families in very random ways. The victims were saddled with large pizza deliveries they didn't order, magazine subscriptions they never signed up for and in some cases even had sex workers and hearses showing up at their doors, AD reports.
Seventeen year old Shannon Cornelissen from Helmond was enjoying a night out in Eindhoven with her friend this weekend when someone snuck up behind her and cut off a 30 cm lock of her hair. "It felt like an attack on my body", she said to Eindhovens Dagblad.
A 62-year-old woman died in a group home in Utrecht last week. The exact cause of her death is still under investigation, but initial results indicate she starved to death. She was one of four people living in a group home called Contact & Muziek, the members of which believe they can live on light instead of food, according to their website.
A man from Vollenhove asked the court on Wednesday to stop his ex-wife sending him naked pictures of herself. The ex-wife denies sending the pictures, and claims it's the man that's harassing her and not the other way around, De Stentor reports.
A Leiden student received the fright of her life on Sunday morning when a stranger came into her room and crawled into bed with her. She woke up when the strange man, dressed only in his underwear, opened her door in a student house on Pelikaanhof, Sleutelstad reports.
The young woman jumped out of bed and ran to her housemates for help. Despite prods, pushes and a glass of water in the face, the seemingly drunk man would not wake up. So the young women called the police.
After 'arresting' an escaped bull on Friday, the Amsterdam police also had to deal with a camel in the Red Light District on Saturday. A group of men marched the camel through the famous Amsterdam neighborhood as part of a bachelor party. The camel supervisor was arrested for an outstanding fine, Het Parool reports.
A bull escaped from a slaughterhouse on Jan van Galenstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning and roamed the streets of te city for around 30 minutes. The animal was finally caught by the police and a veterinarian, who lured him back into captivity using a cow, AT5 reports.
It is currently peak season at the UFO hotline in the Netherlands. Reports of UFOs increase every year when the weather warms up and skies clear in the country.
"The days are long, people are outside a lot and then you always see a peak in the number of UFO sightings", Alex Griffioen, the manager of the hotline, said to NOS. "For the vast majority of these reports there is a very simple explanation, but for 1 in 100 there's really something crazy going on."
A tired cyclist in Boekel came up with the brilliant solution to make the rest of his way home on a stolen tractor. His plan did not work out that great for him - the police caught him a short time later, with his bicycle tied onto the stolen tractor.
This all happened during the early hours of Friday morning, according to the Boekel police on Facebook. "The result is that the man with this 'genius' idea spent the night with us", the police wrote.
The tractor was returned to its owner.
Residents of Amsterdam's Deltastraat were shocked to be confronted with a coffin on their street when leaving for work this morning. The coffin was left with the garbage, along with a couch, pieces of wood and some wallpaper, AT5 reports.
The story behind the, luckily empty, coffin is unclear. It was taken away with the garbage truck around 11:15 a.m.
According to AT5, a coffin can cost anything between 300 and 2 thousand euros.
A man who robbed a pizzeria in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Friday night, was himself robbed by two other thieves while still in the pizzeria. The police are looking for tips about both robberies and all three robbers, AD reports.
The police initially believed that the three robbers were working together, but that now seems not to be the case.
Students of the Christelijk Lyceum school in Veenendaal filled their school with 21,400 cups filled to the brim with water as an exam prank on Thursday morning. A video of the prank posted on Dutch video site Dumpert has been viewed nearly 207 thousand times.
Parents trying to call their kids in sick at two Amsterdam schools were stunned when they were connected with a sex worker booking service instead of school administrators. The staff at the Amsterdam Lyceum and the Montessori Lyceum secondary schools think the switch is the result of a prank by students celebrating the coming end of the academic year, AT5 reported
The police arrested a 49-year-old man on the A7 between Drachten and Groningen on Tuesday afternoon for playing his saxophone behind the wheel. The man had the saxophone lying on the steering wheel. He wasn't blowing into it, but was playing the valves with his fingers, the police said, according to NU.nl.
Police officers noticed the man because of his driving behavior - he was driving at less than 90 kilometers per hour, close behind a truck and was not driving in a "flowing line", according to the police. The police therefore decided to pull him over.
Tilburg secondary vocational school De Rooi Pannen fired one teacher and suspended another for getting drunk on a school trip to Rome, school director Tiny Pheninckx said to RTL Nieuws.
Pheninckx did not want to go into the details of what happened. "But it wasn't just a glass of beer on a terrace."
Firefighters in the small Gelderland town of Wilp managed to free a small dog that trapped itself into a sewer. Flaco sprinted away from its owner when his harness snapped open during a walk on Friday, running past a dike and scampering across two meadows.
He then appeared to hide in a "safe place," a partially-submerged drain pipe where he found himself caught. The dog's owner tracked him down and tried to use treats to coax the scared animal into safety.