After more than a year, the Dutch police decided to stop using birds of prey to intercept drones. It turned out that there isn't much demand for drone-intercepting eagles, and training the birds is more expensive and complicated than expected, NOS reports.
Some 40 cows escaped from their pasture on Friday morning and spent a few happy hours roaming around the Noord-Brabant town of Bladel, near the border with Belgium.
The police received the first report of the escaped cows around 5:00 a.m. on Friday, according to NU.nl.
The police and municipality both placed calls on their social media pages, looking for experienced farmers to help capture the animals. The cows were finally rounded up near the center of Bladel and near Hulsel. They were loaded into a trailer and returned to their pasture.
Someone snapped a photo of Sinterklaas peeing against a building in Amsterdam. The photo was sent to community police officer Frank Westerop, who posted it on Twitter on Tuesday.
"Is this what is meant by 'and sprinkle some sweets... in one corner or another'?" the officer jokingly tweeted. He also wondered about whether or not to fine the Sint. "Because I also want something in my shoe later on!"
A witness set to testify against Dutch criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder, was killed in a bizarre accident in Eastern Europe on Sunday. According to AT5, Hidr Korkmaz was electrocuted while fishing - his line hit an electricity pole when he cast it.
The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam confirmed Korkmaz's death to the broadcaster. "The local government assumes a tragic accident. We do not doubt that, but we can not confirm it", a spokesperson said to AT5.
Some 14 members of anti-Islamic organization Pegida Nederland held an early Sunday morning protest action against the construction of a mosque, with at least one person accused of dousing the site with pig's blood. A video that the organization posted on Twitter and Facebook shows a man disguised as a priest planting a wooden cross at the mosque site, and then using a toilet brush to splatter the blood on the cross and around the location.
Shortly after the disappearance of Anne Faber, suspect Michael P. was spotted running around with a knife in the garden of a forensic psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder where he resided. According to different sources he was disturbed, apparently seeing ninjas and interacting with them, newspaper AD reported.
Police in Sint Michielsgestel arrested a 42-year-old man for possession of child pornography on Tuesday. The suspect, a taxi driver from the town, was already named in a public indecency case from the past summer.
Security guards working or G4S Aviation and I-Sec at Schiphol Airport have been banned from using the bathroom without permission from a supervisor. The “toilet restriction” has angered the union representing those workers, and Schiphol said the airport was not involved in the decision.
A police training session has prompted an internal investigation after live ammunition suddenly exploded when a bullet cartridge was removed from a weapon. The incident sent shrapnel from the cartridge into a police officer's protective equipment, though there were no injuries.
The accident happened last week as an Amsterdam tactical unit was training in Ossendrecht, Noord-Brabant. The explosion took place when a clip fell to the ground, police confirmed to both nu.nl and newspaper AD.
Two young Dutch women put their virginity up for auction through German escort site Cinderella. 18-year-old Lola and 20-year-old Monica each want a minimum bid of 20 thousand British pounds, around 27 thousand euros, for their virginity. They approached the German agency, because such an auction is illegal in the Netherlands, the Antwerpen Gazette reports.
Between four and six meters of a centuries-old brick wall leading to the historic Hardewijk bastion, is missing. Part of the wall disappeared during renovations of the boulevard as part of a major urban renewal project. The intention was to only do some renovations to the ancient wall. How meters of it disappeared, is a mystery, Omroep Gelderland reports.
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.