Dutch police crime scene tape
May 10 '18 16:10

An intruder broke into a home on Maliesingel in Utrecht on Wednesday night. He assaulted the resident and left him tied up while he searched the home for valuables. The police are looking for witnesses.

According to the police, the man came into the house through a window around 11:00 p.m. The resident was assaulted and tied up. The perpetrator searched through the home and eventually left around 00:30 a.m., taking cash and other items with him.

Haarlemmerpoort in Amsterdam
May 10 '18 15:30

Foundation Stadsherstel launched a to "artisanally" restore the Haarlemmerpoort in Amsterdam. Restoring the neglected gate will cost more than 2.5 million euros. Stadsherstel, which owns the building, is still 171 thousand euros short, Het Parool reports.

Sea sparkle
May 10 '18 14:50

The calm summer weather in the Netherlands over the past few days, created some fairy tale-like scenes along the Dutch coast. The sea was illuminated bright fluorescent blue in some areas, due to Noctiluca scintillans, more commonly known as sea sparkle, NOS reports. 

Sea sparkle is a unicellular algae species that exhibits bioluminescence when disturbed. This happens most commonly in warm and calm summer weather. This natural phenomenon resulted in some beautiful photos taken along the Dutch coasts over the past days. 

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
May 10 '18 14:10

Five of the 15 police cars the Netherlands gave to Sint Maarten after , don't run anymore, the island's Justice Minister Cornelius de Weever said to newspaper The Daily Herald. 

The parts of the five broken down cars are being used to keep the ten remaining cars up and running, he said. How they broke is unclear. 

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
May 10 '18 13:30

After a cool and cloudy Ascension day on Thursday, the weather will clear up and warm up in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 26 degrees are expected for Saturday, according to Weeronline.

Thursday started out rainy in many places in the Netherlands. Weeronline expects that most showers will dry up by late afternoon. Maximums of around 13 degrees along the coast, around 15 degrees in the north, and around 17 degrees in the east can be expected. 

Friday will be a sunny spring day, with maximums ranging between 16 degrees on the Wadden to 20 degrees in the southeast. 

15 kilos of weed found under a bed in a Bergen op Zoom home, 9 May 2018
May 10 '18 12:50

The police found 80 thousand euros worth of cannabis in a home on Eikstraat in Bergen op Zoom. The drugs were hidden under a mattress, and took up the entire surface area of the bed, the police said on Facebook.

A total of 15 kilograms of cannabis was hidden under the bed.

Three people were in the home when the police raided it on Wednesday. They were taken into custody for questioning. 

Wounded man found in forests near Strijbeek hours after accident, 10 May 2018
May 10 '18 12:10

A motorist crashed into an agricultural vehicle on Goudbergesewg in Strijbeek early on Thursday morning. The injured driver, a 78-year-old man, got out of his car and went wandering into the woods, the police said in a statement.

The accident happened around 00:30 a.m. Because the man was injured, several police units were deployed to look for him. A police helicopter also helped in the search.

The man was eventually found around 7:30 a.m. in a forest plot on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Arrest
May 10 '18 11:30

A 28-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having and selling hacked PayPal accounts, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police got wind of this man after dismantling the - one of the largest illegal marketplaces on the Dark Web - in June last year. The dismantling of this marketplace gave the police's High Tech Crime team insight into a number of sellers and buyers,  not only in hard drugs but also other items. 

Kalverstraat in Amsterdam
May 10 '18 10:50

A fire broke out in a shop building on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The fire is raging on the third floor, above clothing store Mango. 

"The fire is probably raging in the warehouse", a spokesperson for the fire department said to NU.nl. Firefighters are at the scene, trying to get the fire under control.

The well known shopping street was closed off to the public. The fire department calls on local residents to close their doors and windows, and switch off their ventilation system. 

Fresh fruit aisle at a supermarket
May 10 '18 10:10

Albert Heijn wants to stop using plastic bags in its fruit and vegetable departments. The Dutch supermarket chain will start experimenting with alternatives in 10 stores this summer, a spokesperson for Albert Heijn said to RTL Nieuws.

"Reducing plastic has had our attention for some time", the spokesperson said. "The so-called loop bags at the cash register have become thinner and smaller, so we save about 10 percent of plastic, and containers with soft fruit now have plastic foil as a lid instead of a hard plastic lid."

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May 10 '18 09:32

A man and a woman were hurt in a house fire on Rijnstraat in Nijmegen early on Thursday morning. The man jumped out of a window to escape the flames, the woman was rescued by firefighters, Omroep Gelderland reports.

The woman sustained burns and inhaled a lot of smoke. She was resuscitated at the scene before being rushed to hospital in serious condition. The extent of the man's injuries is unclear. Firefighters also rescued two dogs from the burning home.

Five Guys
May 10 '18 09:12

The municipality of Amsterdam refused to give hamburger chain Five Guys permission to open a shop in a building on Reguliersbreestraat. According to the municipality, the zoning plan for the building does not allow a snack bar or fast food chain, NU.nl reports. 

Five Guys is willing to change its concept to meet Amsterdam's requirements. These include there being no over the counter sales, the building must have sufficient seating and its policy may not be to get customers out as quickly as possible after eating. 

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May 10 '18 08:52

Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.

Neglected dogs seized in Hof van Twente, 8 May 2018
May 10 '18 08:27

On Tuesday the animal police, working with the national inspectorate for animal protection LID and the Public Prosecutor, seized 47 dogs and puppies in a commercial building in the municipality of Hof van Twente. The animals were found in appalling conditions and all showed signs of neglect, the police said in a statement. 

A 63-year-old man from the same municipality was arrested for illegal trade in dogs and withholding the necessary care. 

High school classroom
May 10 '18 08:13

An 18-year-old autistic girl is no longer allowed to enter the school grounds or -building of Rombouts College in Brunssum, Limburg. If she does show up at the school, she will be fined 100 euros each time, to a maximum of 10 thousand euros, the court in Maastricht ruled on Wednesday, De Limburger reports.

May 10 '18 07:53

The Dutch government will not take any concrete measures to help Air France-KLM cope with the unrest on the French side of the airline, Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Hugo de Jonge both said, in different words, on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

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