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Crime scene tape
Apr 22 '19 16:50

Reports of a possible explosive in a parking lot in a residential area in Maarssen sent emergency services responding to the Utrecht town en masse on Monday morning. But it turned out to be a false alarm, NU.nl reports.

The Ministry of Defense's explosives disposal experts later determined that the object was in fact a weed grinder shaped like a hand grenade. 

After the discovery, the police closed down a large part of the Kamelenspoor neighborhood. The street was released again after the explosives experts determined that the "explosive" was harmless.

Shower
Apr 22 '19 11:50

The residents of a home in Schiedam had a very unexpected guest during the early hours of Monday morning. A stranger came into their home and took a shower. The police eventually removed the man from the shower, the police said on Twitter.

The police responded to the home after a report of a stranger standing in front of the home. When they arrived at the scene, the man was already inside and taking a shower.

Officers took him out of the shower and out of the home, and "guided him to his own bathroom", the police said.

How the man got into the home, is not clear. 

Police cornering an escaped wallaby in Kerkrade
Apr 15 '19 16:00

Police in Limburg were rather busy Monday morning, dealing with the daring escape of two wallabies in Kerkrade.

A report of a kangaroo hopping around on the Kerkradersteenweg was called in during the early morning hours, which left dispatched officers unsurprisingly skeptical. That is, until they spotted a wallaby with their own eyes.

Stethoscope
Apr 12 '19 16:50

Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, who died at age 89 in 2017, used his own sperm to father at least 49 children with clients who used the fertility clinic he worked at, was confirmed by DNA testing, NU.nl reports.

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Apr 8 '19 18:28

Two people were rescued in Hilversum after their ultralight plane crashed into a tree on Monday. The plane wedged into the tree about ten meters off the ground, leading to an emergency services response at about 12:50 p.m.

Serval
Apr 8 '19 13:20

A serval  escaped in the Haarlem neighborhood of Meerwijk on Friday. After a weekend of roaming the city, the wild cat was found in an allotment garden in Haarlem on Monday. The local animal ambulance is currently trying to catch the animal, RTL Nieuws reports.

The serval was spotted in the garden on Sunday too, when it was seen "enjoying the spring sun", an employee of Regionale Dierenambulance told the broadcaster. The animal ambulance will install two catch cages and attempt to lure the cat into one of them.

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Apr 2 '19 17:41

Police in Utrecht made an unusual discovery on Tuesday when they discovered a secret tunnel running below several homes along the J.P. Coenstraat. Investigators think the 18-meter-long hidden corridor was only recently created, but residents say they have no idea how or when it was constructed.

Ambulance on Grote Markt in Den Haag
Mar 31 '19 23:34

Bystanders on the Grote Markt in Den Haag made it difficult for police to help a man who had stabbed himself with a knife, authorities said. Paramedics and officers were trying to reach a victim who had stabbed himself with a knife around 4:40 p.m.

"In the crowd, kids and various people were shooting video of someone who was bleeding profusely," police said. "We had to turn on our sirens at the scene to get the public to move to the side."

Cat stowaway took a ride from Austria to Netherlands by truck, 4 March 2019
Mar 5 '19 13:10

A truck driver was surprised by a strange stowaway in Aalsmeer on Monday. When the trucker, who came from Austria, stopped on Aalsmeerderweg, a cat jumped out of his truck, Dierenambulance de Ronde Venen/Amstelland said on Facebook.

Dierenambulance believes that the cat stowed away on the truck in St Georgen, near Salzburg in Austria. The adventurous critter therefore had quite a trip behind it by the time it jumped off the truck in the Netherlands.

Dog took first class train trip from The Hague to Leiden, 26 Feb 2019
Feb 27 '19 13:40

A Hague dog decided to scare his owner and go on a little adventure on Tuesday. The not-so-good boy went missing from The Hague on Tuesday afternoon, and was later found riding in the first class compartment of the train to Leiden Central Station, the Leiden Noord police said on Facebook.

On Tuesday afternoon the police in The Hague received a report of the missing pet. The dog was last seen near the train on the station. His owner had no idea where the dog wandered off to.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Feb 27 '19 10:20

A hand grenade was found in thrift store RataPlan on Van Slingelandtstraat in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The grenade was found in a box that was being unpacked by an employee. It is unclear how long the box had been in the store, Het Parool reports.

The police safely removed the explosive. According to the police, it was a real hand grenade, but it was harmless as it could no longer detonate. People living and working around the store were therefore not in danger.

The police closed down the area around the thrift store as a precaution while they investigated. 

Wooden leg found in Amsterdam river
Feb 25 '19 16:40

A lost wooden leg badly startled two women in Amsterdam. A "very alarmed" person called the police after she spotted a leg in the river and thought it might be a body, the police said on Facebook.

At the scene, responding officers saw two ladies waving them down. The two women pointed the officers towards the leg floating in the water, but did not dare go any closer.

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Feb 22 '19 10:10

A peculiar report had the police responding to a home in the Zuid-Holland community of Rijnsburg on Wednesday night. The resident reported hearing "moaning and gasping" in his home, but couldn't figure out where it came from, Omroep West reports.

The officer in the police call center could also hear the strange noises through the telephone. Officers were dispatched to the home on Oegstgeesterweg. In the meantime the resident and his neighbor walked through the home searching for the source of the noises. Earlier they clearly heard it come from the kitchen.

Rat snake found on the dance floor at a party at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, 10 Feb 2019
Feb 12 '19 12:10

Attendees of a party in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam were surprised by an uninvited guest on Sunday. A rat snake was found on the dance floor, Amsterdam's Dierenambulance said on Facebook.

"It is a mystery how the snake ended up there", the animal rescue organization said.

One of the the guests was fortunately not afraid of the animal, and picked up the snake and kept it warm while Dierenambulance responded. 

The snake spent the night at Dierenambulance, after which is was transferred to the reptile shelter in Zwanenburg. 

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Feb 11 '19 08:03

A leak in a tanker containing petrolad, a collective name for oils used in vehicle engines, in Alblasserdam caused a stench in a large part of the Netherlands on Saturday. There were even complaints about the intense smell from Germany. An NL Alert was sent to warn people to keep their doors and windows closed, AD reports.

Cat
Feb 1 '19 10:50

A shedding cat may have been the downfall of three men suspected of a burglary in Muiderberg. The three suspects deny having anything to do with the break-in, but their shoes were covered in cat hair. The house that was burgled is home to a cat that sheds a lot, NH Nieuws reports after a tweet from a community police officer.

The resident came home to find her home broken into and the suspects running away. The police gave chase, and finally caught and arrested the trio in Amersfoort.

Damares Alves
Jan 24 '19 09:27

A minister of Brazil seems to have a rather strange view of the Netherlands. Six years ago Minister Damares Alves of Women, Family and Human Rights said that in the Netherlands it is recommended to masturbate boys from the age of seven months. RTL Nieuws correspondent Sandra Korstjens discovered these striking statements in the recordings of a speech from 2013, when Alves worked as an evangelical pastor.

Amsterdam subway
Jan 14 '19 12:30

Around 80 people participated in Amsterdam's "no pants subway ride" on Sunday afternoon. The rode the subway on the Noord-Zuid line without wearing pants, AT5 reports.

This phenomenon blew over from New York. It is a counter to the annual "blue Monday", supposedly the most depressing day of the year. This year blue Monday falls on  January 21st. 

"Normally I never get out of my comfort zone. So I thought, let me do something crazy", one participant said to AT5.

Rotterdam man, probation, Get Out of Jail Free
Jan 2 '19 18:57

A man on probation was apparently prepared for the possibility of returning to the penitentiary when police had a run-in with him in Rotterdam. Police there say that when the man was brought to the station he presented a Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" card, asking if he could use the Chance Card just that one time.

It started Tuesday night when police received a report of a man making threats with weapons, and possibly carrying a firearm. Responding officers quickly determined that was not the case, and determined it was an argument between the man and his ex.

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Jan 2 '19 13:35

New Year's celebrations took a bizarre turn in Rotterdam late afternoon Tuesday when a bullet pierced the ceiling of a woman's apartment, striking her in the arm. Police arrested the woman's upstairs neighbors, accusing them of firing a gun into their floor.

The incident was called in to police just after 6 p.m. First responders at the Rotterdam-Zuid scene treated the woman, then raided the upstairs apartment.

A 55-year-old woman was arrested along with a man, 45. Police found a firearm and an electroshock weapon.

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Jan 2 '19 11:44

A Transavia pilot decided to make an emergency landing on Monday to get an aggressive passenger off the aircraft. Video taken inside the cabin of Transavia flight HV 6215 shows a struggle between several men near the cockpit, with several punches being thrown.

Illegal fireworks found in Vijfhuizen warehouse
Dec 31 '18 20:00

Some 2.7 million people had watched the Survival Guide to the Dutch's hilarious and serious take on the fireworks tradition in the Netherlands around New Year's Eve. The video went live on Sunday on social media platforms Facebook and Youtube.

Sex toy, drugs, cash, and jewels in hidden spaces
Dec 21 '18 18:30

Four men were arrested in Amstelveen on Friday when police found five bags of cannabis and a block of cocaine hidden in secret compartments of two vehicles. Along with the drugs, police seized nearly 40,000 euros, 1,700 British pounds, 1,200 Swiss francs, 14 gemstones, five gold coins, a smaller quantity of cannabis, and a sex-toy with inlaid diamonds.

Spotted eagle ray at Burgers' Zoo
Dec 19 '18 16:10

For the first time ever, researchers successfully put a fish species on contraception. Dutch biologist Max Janse and vet Henk Luten of Burgers' Zoo implanted a straw full of hormones into an extremely fertile eagle ray, after which she stopped producing offspring. Two years later the researchers published their results this week, NOS reports.

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