Neighborhood watch sign
Apr 18 '19 15:50

A rapidly increasing number of Dutch neighborhoods have neighborhood watch groups or apps, partly because municipalities encourage this. The problem is that the same municipalities that encourage preventative measures in neighborhoods, hardly keep an eye on what the neighborhood watch groups are doing. This regularly cause problems, researcher Vasco Lub said to NOS after reports in NRC.

Counseling
Apr 18 '19 15:00

Healthcare providers are often unaware of the danger that patients with serious mental health problems pose to themselves and the people around them, the Dutch Safety Board said in a new report on Thursday , NOS reports.

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Apr 18 '19 14:10

Before leaving the Netherlands for the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, many Dutch jihadist had frequent problems with work, money, education, housing, crime and their psychological health, according to a police study in which the files of over 300 Dutch rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war were analyzed. This means that the distinction between psychologically disturbed perpetrators and ideologically driven terrorists has become obsolete, the police said, ANP reports.

Gavel
Apr 18 '19 13:20

The Public Prosecution Service made a huge blunder. A photo of the most important key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, ended up in the criminal files of all suspects around Taghi, the Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf. 

The police photo of Nabil B. ended up in the files of suspects who are on trail on Thursday for involvement in multiple underworld assassinations. The main suspect in the case is fugitive Ridouan Taghi.

Dutch police officer talking on his radio
Apr 18 '19 12:30

A jeweler in Kesteren, Gelderland, was robbed by three armed people on Thursday morning. The owner of the jewelry store was injured. The police arrested one suspect, and launched a manhunt for the other two, the Telegraaf reports.

A bystander managed to grab one of the robbers when he came running out of the jewelry store, according to the newspaper. The police arrested the man. Multiple pieces of jewelry were found lying on the street.

The other two robbers fled on a scooter. They were wearing dark clothing.

Saks Off 5th
Apr 18 '19 11:40

Saks Off 5th is leaving the Netherlands. The outlet department stores' branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will soon close. On social media, Saks Off 5th said that it is "sad" to be leaving the Netherlands "towards the end of June".

Saks Off 5th sells expensive brands at outlet prices. Earlier this month, the company already announced that it is closing its six branches in Germany. 

Retirement
Apr 18 '19 10:50

Millions of Dutch retirees may soon face a reduction in their pensions, the large pension funds warn in their quarterly reports. Time is running out in particular for metal funds PME and PMT. There seems to be small chance that they will get their financial position in order in time to prevent cuts, NU.nl reports.

Tourists at a tulip field
Apr 18 '19 10:00

One million tourists are expected to visit the Netherlands during the Easter weekend, 150 thousand more than last year, according to the Netherlands board of tourism and convention NBTC. Mainly tourists from the Netherlands' neighboring countries will visit this weekend, NOS reports.

Around two thirds of the Easter visitors come from Germany and a quarter from Belgium, the NBTC estimates. In addition, some 350 thousand Dutch people will also go on holiday in the Netherlands this weekend. 

Preparations for the New Year's bonfire on Scheveningen beach, 31 Dec 2017
Apr 18 '19 09:12

Bonfires lit in the Netherlands throughout the year are responsible for 6 percent of the annual emissions of PAH, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - harmful substances that are released when organic material is burned, public health institute RIVM said on Wednesday. The emission of PAH in the country has fallen by two thirds over the past 30 years, NU.nl reports.

Apr 18 '19 08:29

Motorists can expect busy roads in the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. As the long Easter weekend starts, traffic jams will be longer and start earlier, public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects. The first traffic jams are expected to start forming around 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

Champions League
Apr 18 '19 07:56

Ajax will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Champions League. While the English club lost 4-3 to Manchester City on Wednesday, Tottenham still goes through to the semi-final based on away goals thanks to a 1-0 victory last week, NU.nl reports.

On Tuesday Ajax eliminated Juventus. The Amsterdam team won 1-2 in Turin, after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam last week, and therefore made it to the semi finals for the first time in 22 years. 

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Apr 18 '19 07:38

Last year 678 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, 65 more than in 2017. This is the largest increase in the number of traffic deaths since 1989, Statistics Netherlands reports. Noord-Brabant had the biggest increase, from 98 traffic deaths in 2017 to 150 last year.

Mumford & Sons
Apr 17 '19 16:10

Mumford & Sons will be giving two performances in Amsterdam on May 9th. One show will be in the Ziggo Dome. The second will be at a still secret location, and can only be attended by the person who wins a NPO 3FM competition, and 50 of his or her friends. 

Police
Apr 17 '19 15:20

An arrest on Kanaalstraat in Utrecht on Tuesday afternoon ended in a scuffle between the police and bystanders. A total of four people were arrested. According to the police, the scuffle broke out when bystanders interfered with the arrest. Multiple people posted videos of the incident on social media, many claiming that bystanders interfered with the arrest due to "excessive violence" used by the police, AD reports.

Police find 114 kilos of MDMA during a traffic check on A58 near Wouw, 15 April 2019
Apr 17 '19 14:30

The police per chance found over 114 kilograms of MDMA crystals while checking a car in the parking lot at Wouwse Tol on the A58 on Monday afternoon. The driver, a 56-year-old man from Berghem, was arrested, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Laughing gas canisters and balloons near a secondary school in Utrecht-West
Apr 17 '19 13:40

Burn centers in the Netherlands are concerned about an increasing number of patients coming to them with ice burns after using laughing gas. Over the past three weeks, 14 people were admitted with severe freezing burns on the inside of their thighs. In all patients, the injuries were caused by them clamping an ice-cold laughing gas tank between their legs while filling balloons, NOS reports.

Easter bonfire
Apr 17 '19 12:50

Multiple municipalities in the east of the Netherlands decided to ban the traditional Easter bonfires this weekend. Sparks from the bonfires can lead to wildfires, and due to the drought there is a greater risk of these wildfires spreading rapidly and getting out of control, NU.nl reports.

ASML headquarters in Veldhoven
Apr 17 '19 12:00

It wasn't the Chinese government, but South Korean tech company Samsung that was behind corporate espionage at Dutch chip machine maker ASML, CEO of the Dutch company Peter Wennink suggested in an interview with broadcaster NOS.

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Apr 17 '19 11:10

The province of Noord-Holland started a close collaboration with Hardt Hyperloop to realize a hyperloop system between the airports in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This vacuum tube, high speed transport system will be able to take passengers between those two cities in half an hour. "Then flights are no longer needed", a spokesperson for the province said to the Telegraaf.

Police dog
Apr 17 '19 10:20

The police arrested a 28-year-old man from Asten-Heusden on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old woman in the Noord-Brabant town during the early hours of Monday morning. The rape caused a great deal of unrest in the town.

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Apr 17 '19 09:26

The police arrested three underage boys on Tuesday morning on suspicion that they gang raped multiple girls in Rotterdam-West and Schiedam-Oost. Investigators believe that even more girls fell victim to these young suspects and call on victims to come forwards.

According to the police, there have been stories in Rotterdam-West and Schiedam-Oost for a long time about a group of boys gang raping girls in parks, basements and other dodgy places. When one declaration finally came in, the police immediately launched an investigation. 

Shower
Apr 17 '19 08:54

The consumption of drinking water in the Netherlands is increasing, while collecting drinking water is becoming increasingly difficult due to dryer conditions, drinking water company Vitens warned on Wednesday. According to the company, the demand for water is growing too strongly and that needs to change, NU.nl reports.

Easter eggs
Apr 17 '19 08:34

The Netherlands can look forward to a sunny and warm Easter weekend, according to Weerplaza. The sun will shine every day this long weekend and temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius are expected.

The weekend will start with a sunny maximum of around 21 degrees on Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day, with maximums rising to between 22 and 24 degrees in large parts of the country. "We don't rule out that even 25 degrees can be reached locally", the weather service said. There will be plenty of sunshine and little wind.

Ajax
Apr 17 '19 08:03

On Tuesday Ajax qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 22 years. The Amsterdam team eliminated Juventus with a 1-2 victory in Turin. The first quarter-finals match in the Johan Cruijff Arena ended in a 1-1 draw last week, so Ajax has enough to extend this special European season, NU.nl reports.

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