Inside Pim's Olifant toy store in Utrecht
Oct 12 '18 14:00

The future is looking bleak for toy stores in the Netherlands. Their average turnover is plummeting, and more and more stores are closing their doors. While the approaching holiday season may be the lifebuoy for many toy stores, it is already too late for some, RTL Z reports.

The toy industry in the Netherlands stopped growing in 2009, according to a study by ABN Amro. The number of physical stores is dropping rapidly. In Zeeland it even halved since 2005.

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Oct 12 '18 13:10

Amsterdam has to participate in the . If the Dutch capital, with the largest coffeeshop market in the Netherlands, does not participate, the experiment will fail, mayor Femke Halsem said in a city council debate on the issue on Thursday, Het Parool reports.

Flowers left at the scene of a fatal rail accident on Braakstraat in Oss, four children were killed, 20 Sept 2018
Oct 12 '18 12:30

The impromptu memorial for the victims of a, was cleared away by the municipality on Thursday - three weeks after the tragic accident. Hundreds of flowers, candles, toys, drawings and poems were left at Oss West station to commemorate the four children killed in the accident.

Police and ambulances at the scene of a collision between a truck and a cargo bike on Stationsweg in Bodegraven, 12 Oct 2018
Oct 12 '18 11:40

A mother and a child were injured in an accident involving a cargo bike and a truck at a railway crossing in Bodegraven on Friday morning. They were taken to hospital, the police said on Twitter.

The mother was driving the cargo bicycle with two children inside. A third child was cycling along on another bicycle. It is unclear whether the injured child was in the cargo bike or on the other bicycle. The other two children were not hurt. The mother and child did not sustain serious injuries, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Oct 12 '18 10:50

The police officers that responded to a that prevented two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum last year, completely ignored the protesters on the buses and talked in a friendly way with the people blocking the highway, Jerry Afriyie of action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet said in court on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Oct 12 '18 10:00

A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized with a broken arm, broken cheekbones and a concussion on Tuesday evening. She crashed her scooter at Nedereindseplas in Nieuwegein after she was scared by a so-called killer clown. A 24-year-old man was tracked down by the police, but is not being prosecuted. "He says that it was a joke among friends. He wanted to scare them and says that he did not even see the girl", police spokesperson Martin de Wit said to the Telegraaf.

Haarlem city hall
Oct 12 '18 09:11

Mayor Jos Wienen from Haarlem left his home due to threats made against him. He is now staying at an undisclosed location. "In and of itself troublesome, but we deal with it", he said to regional broadcaster NH.

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Oct 12 '18 08:50

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without some kind of travel deal - a so-called hard or no-deal Brexit - it could result in chaos at Schiphol airport. Travelers from the United Kingdom will have to undergo extra checks at passport control, which could result in waiting times increasing by up to an hour, according to the airport's internal calculations, Het Parool report.

Traffic
Oct 12 '18 08:20

Multiple accidents caused extreme amounts of traffic on Dutch roads during rush hour on Thursday evening. There was a total of 478 kilometers of traffic jams on the Dutch highways, making Thursday evening the busiest rush hour in the Netherlands so far this year, according to Rijkswaterstaat.

According to the ANWB, which also takes provincial roads into account, there was 887 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday evening. According to the ANWB's figures, Thursday evening was the third busiest rush hour this year.

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Oct 12 '18 08:05

The police arrested a 20-year-old man from Amsterdam on Thursday for a fatal shooting in which 19-year-old r Whether the arrested man is suspected of being the gunman or of another role, is not yet clear, Het Parool reports.

Oct 12 '18 07:49

A very large fire broke out at TUF Recycling in Dongen, Noord-Brabant, on Thursday evening. The fire was under control by 10:45 p.m., but actually extinguishing it will take days. Toxic substances were released in the fire, and local residents received an NL Alert advising them to stay out of the smoke, NU.nl reports.

Statue of Johan van Oldebarnevelt, Lange Vijverberg, The Hague
Oct 11 '18 16:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will investigate whether the burial chamber under the Eerste Kamer in The Hague can be opened to search for the remains of former statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, who was beheaded at the Binnenhof nearly 400 years ago. Rutte is responding to requests from Van Oldenbarnevelt's relatives and questions from SP parliamentarian Ronald van Raak, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Oct 11 '18 15:30

A youth leader from scouting club Frans Naerebout in Goes was acquitted of intentionally inflicting injury on three children by . Mark B. burned the abbreviation of the scouting club, F. R., onto the kids' backs with a branding iron, NOS reports.

First kiwi ever hatched in Netherlands, at Avifauna in Alphen aan den Rijn, Oct 2018
Oct 11 '18 14:40

The Avifauna bird park proudly welcomed a new resident. A baby kiwi recently hatched at the zoo. This is the first time ever that a kiwi is born in the Netherlands. Only 16 zoos around the world have a breeding program for kiwis. And Avifauna in Alphen aan den Rijn is the only zoo where a kiwi hatched this year, the zoo announced on Thursday.

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Oct 11 '18 13:50

There is a considerable shortage of homes on the Dutch housing market. As a result, fewer homes are being sold for higher prices. And home sales are also happening faster and faster, according to figures released by the Dutch association of realtors NVM, NU.nl reports.

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Oct 11 '18 13:00

The police shot a man in the leg in a home on De Haar in Emmen on Wednesday afternoon. According to the police, the suspect was injured, but conscious. He was arrested and taken to a hospital in Groningen under police escort, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The police arrived at the apartment with two cars around 3:00 p.m. An hour later local residents heard two shots fired. The police could not tell the newspaper anything about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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