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May 9 '18 08:49

In a strange coincidence, two hot air balloons made unplanned landings in Tilburg on Tuesday. One landed in a small field in the middle of a residential area, the other landed on a football field a few minutes later. The two precautionary landings seem to be unrelated, Omroep Brabant reports.

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May 9 '18 08:26

Police officers fired shots at a motorist after chasing him through Groningen city center during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The suspect was arrested and no one was injured.

The police reported the incident on Twitter around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The police received a report of someone driving dangerously in the center of Groningen. They spotted the motorist, who sped away when he noticed the cops. The officers gave chase.

Robert Mueller
May 9 '18 08:04

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan turned himself in on Monday to serve a 30 day long prison sentence he got for lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia. Van der Zwaan is the first person to be sentenced in this investigation, Politico reports.

Van der Zwaan reported to a low-security facility in Pennsylvania. He is set to be released on June 4th, according to the newspaper. 

Donald Trump
May 9 '18 07:46

Donald Trump withdrew the United States from an agreement with Iran that limits the Middle Eastern country's nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief. Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs calls this decision bad news for Dutch and European safety.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
May 8 '18 16:30

A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a train between Tilburg and Breda on Monday evening. A 21-year-old man from Roosendaal was arrested, the police said in a statement.

The woman was on the train around 6:50 p.m. on Monday. The man started talking to her, and suddenly started groping at her, she said to the police.

The victim reported wat happened to the conductor. Security guards took the man off the train at the station on Gravinnen van Nassauboulevard in Breda, where the police arrested him.

The suspect is in custody for investigation.

Emergency services search for a drowned man in lake Hilgelo near Winterswijk, 7 May 2018
May 8 '18 15:50

Emergency services found a body in recreational lake Hilgelo near Winterswijk while searching for a missing swimmer on Tuesday. The victim has not yet been identified, NU.nl reports.

The missing swimmer is an asylum seeker living in the asylum center in Winterswijk. He . The man was at the water with other asylum seekers from the center.

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May 8 '18 15:10

A father turned in his 15-year-old son to the police after recognizing him in surveillance camera footage the police released of a teen stealing the emblems of 20 cars in Tilburg. The footage was shown on Bureau Brabant on Monday, Omroep Brabant reports.

The boy is suspected of stealing the emblems off at least 20 cars in the Reeshof district, badly damaging the cars in the process. The young thief regretted his actions later, and anonymously returned the emblems - with an apology note.

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May 8 '18 14:30

The University of Groningen and the Hanze Univeristy of Applied Sciences scrapped the management subsidies for student association Vindicat for the academic year 2017/2018. This follows a student being and the association failing to report this incident, a spokesperson for the Hanze University confirmed to NU.nl.

Arriva
May 8 '18 13:50

A passenger saw an Arriva bus driver smoking a joint shortly before driving his bus from Tilburg station on Sunday evening. Passenger Rory Jonkergouw reported this to Arriva. The company takes the incident seriously and is investigating what happened, NOS reports.

Jonkergouw told Omroep Brabant that the bus driver quickly turned away when he saw him coming. "But there is no doubt about it." According to him, the bus driver took a lot of risks. "He drove over two lanes at once and very fast around turns. Then he knocked down several pylons that were on the road for work."

Northern lights
May 8 '18 13:10

People wanting to see the northern lights usually have to go to Northern Europe, but this week this beautiful natural phenomenon is also visible above the northern parts of the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

The northern lights are hard to see with the naked eye, but show up beautifully on long exposure photos. In the Netherlands the northern lights are only visible a few days per year. The phenomenon is caused by solar wind - bursts of plasma clouds on the sun. 

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May 8 '18 12:30

A building that burned down in Bergen op Zoom on Monday night contained an illegal cigarette factory. Tens of thousands of packets of cigarettes were found between the rubble of the burned building on Tuesday morning, Omroep Brabant reports.

The fire started in what was believed to be an empty building on an industrial terrain on Vierlinghweg on Monday night. It caused a massive cloud of smoke that spread over large parts of Bergen op Zoom and was even visible outside Noord-Brabant. 

Mark Rutte, January 2016
May 8 '18 11:50

Dutch banks and insurers will soon place all prominent politicians and their immediate families under stricter supervision in an effort to prevent bribery, fraud and support to terrorists. Financial institutions will receive the instruction to keep a closer eye on the Netherlands' rulers this summer, newspaper AD reports.

Any transactions that raise suspicions of, for example, money laundering or taking bribes must be immediately reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit Nederland, which falls under the National Police.

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May 8 '18 11:10

Rents in the Netherlands free sector continue to rise, especially outside the four large cities. The average rental price in the Netherlands increased by nearly 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures rental housing site Pararius released on Tuesday, NOS reports.

May 8 '18 10:30

Multiple shots were fired on Peperstraat in Delft during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Witnesses report seeing at least 25 bullet shells on the street. As far as is known, no one was hurt.

The police received a report of the shooting around 4:00 a.m. According to Omroep West, bullet holes were found in the facade of coffeeshop The Future and tanning salon Sun Style. The two businesses are across the street from one another. 

May 8 '18 09:49

Three new witnesses came forward in the trial around the hijacking of a train at De Punt in 1977. The three new witnesses, former officers, say that soldiers who stormed the hijacked train were ordered not to take the Moluccan hijackers prisoner, but to shoot and kill them, the Volkskrant reports.

May 8 '18 09:01

Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure met with her French counterpart Elisabeth Borne on Monday night to discuss strikes on the French side of airline Air France-KLM, and the consequences they hold, NU.nl reports.

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