The number of traffic incidents involving laughing gas is skyrocketing, the Dutch police said in a statement. "We see people making dangerous maneuvers in traffic because they are filling up a balloon or have one in the mouth", police inspector Paul Broer said. "Even thought the effect of laughing gas is short-lived, it has a direct effect on driving ability."
A home on Mecatorplein in Amsterdam was shot at during the early hours of Monday morning. The shooting was the fifth violent incident in the Dutch capital since Saturday.
The shooting happened at around 2:50 a.m. on Monday morning, according to Het Parool. One of the bullets went through the wall of the targeted home. Nobody was injured.
Beach goers are a prime target for pickpockets and other types of thieves. The number of lighter property crimes shows a clear peak along the coast during the summer months. In the 2016 to 2018 period, over a quarter of registered pickpocketing crimes were registered in July and August, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.
Volunteers for the North Sea Foundation's large beach clean-up campaign picked up 2,542 cigarette butts on the beach between Hoek van Holland and Monster on Saturday. The 85 volunteers collected a total of 191 kilograms of waste on this stage of the weeks-long clean-up, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch Safety Board launched an exploratory investigation into the partial collapse of the AFAS stadium's roof during a storm in Alkmaar on Saturday. Football team AZ is also conducting an independent investigation. The stadium is currently inaccessible, which means that AZ can play no home matches at the stadium for the time being, NU.nl reports.
A man was injured in a shooting on Dickenslaan in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Saturday night. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. No arrests have been made. The police are looking for witnesses.
The shooting happened at around 10:30 p.m. Responding officers found the injured victim on the sidewalk. Paramedics treated him at the scene before transporting him to hospital. The man was conscious and able to communicate with aid workers, but the severity of his injuries is unknown.
A hand grenade was found in front of a home on Snodenhoekpark in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday evening, the police confirmed to AT5.
The police responded to the scene at around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, after receiving a report that a possible explosive was left at the home's door. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department was called in to investigate. The area around the home was cordoned off while the explosive was examined and safely removed.
Two Dutch men were arrested at the Sziget festival in Hungary over the weekend on suspicion of drug dealing. Local news site 444 called the arrest the "biggest drug bust ever" at the festival.
A total of 451 bottles of narcotics, 128 grams of cannabis and a kilogram of ecstasy pills were confiscated from the 21- and 22-year-old suspects, according to NU.nl. The drugs have a street value of around 15 thousand euros. The police also found over 500 price lists on the suspects and at the festival, 444 reports.
Monday will be wet and dreary in the Netherlands, with thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and the Wadden islands.
One person was killed, and separately a portion of the AFAS Stadion roof collapsed as heavy winds gripped the Netherlands on Saturday. Wind gusts in IJmuiden, at the North Sea coast, even topped 104 kilometers per hour.
A bicyclist died at about 2:30 p.m. in Linschoten, Utrecht, when the heavy winds toppled a tree, which sent it crashing down on a bike path along the Haardijk. The tree struck the victim, a 58-year-old man from Lopik, a town 15 kilometers away from the accident.
A whirlwind passed across the center of Amsterdam on Friday night, catching many of the city's residents and tourists completely off guard. There were no known injuries in the immediate aftermath, with just a handful of damage reports following the 9:15 p.m. weather incident.
Flights destined for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were facing mounting delays on Friday night after new troubles arose with the airport's refuelling system. "Arrival rate has been reduced drastically and delays are now extremely high," Eurocontrol said in a bulletin at 8:20 p.m. The organization later said the refueling system was "out of service due to technical issues until further notice."
There is growing concern in Amsterdam over the well-being of 27-year-old Italian man Alessandro Anello, who his family said has been missing for nearly two weeks. His family lost contact with him and is now seeking the public's help to find him, his sister said to NL Times after posting messages to several Facebook groups for people in Amsterdam.
On Monday the police turned the Karelskamp prison in Almelo inside out in search of a firearm, after one of the inmates received a threat saying that he would be murdered in prison. The target was Deja A., one of three suspects in a quadruple murder in Enschede last year, De Gelderlander reports.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee already received 110 complaints about problems with valet parking companies around Schiphol this year. Clients return from their trip to find damage to their car, many extra kilometers on the odometer, or that their car was involved in a traffic accident or caught speeding while they were away, Het Parool reports.
With valet parking, the traveler hands their car over at the airport and the company parks the car elsewhere. When they return, their car is returned to them at the airport or they have to pick it up at a paring lot.
The rescue brigade had to rescue an adult and two children in the North Sea at Egmond aan Zee when they were caught in a rip current on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The family of four was swimming together when the current suddenly became to strong for them. One adult managed to get out of the water under their own power. The Rescue Brigade helped the other adult and two children. The second adult was taken to hospital in unknown condition, according to the broadcaster.