Zeeland

Police at a meadow on Sint Anthoniekade in Westdorpe, where a woman's naked body was found on 22 June 2019
Jul 3 '19 10:20

The police are struggling to identify a woman found naked and killed in a meadow in Westdorpe, a few meters away from the Belgian border, on June 22nd. Despite receiving and investigating 95 tips in this case, the police still don't know who the woman is. "Somebody has to miss her", the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Teusday.

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Jun 24 '19 08:00

The naked body of a woman was found in a meadow near Westdorpe in Zeeland on Saturday. Given the injuries on the body, the police believe the victim was murdered. Investigators call on the public's help to identify the victim.

A passerby found the remains in a meadow on Sint Anthoniekade, near the border with Belgium, at around noon on Saturday. Forensic investigation was conducted at the scene on Saturday. A helicopter was used to take aerial photographs of the scene. 

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Jun 12 '19 19:45

At the start of the year, 2,189 people living in the Netherlands were over 100 years of age, of which 85 percent were women. The total number of centenarians faced a 1.6 percent decline from 2017 figures, but it was still slightly better than last year and well over 13-times more than 1970's official numbers.

If figures continue along the steady trend since 1970, the Netherlands could have 3,520 residents over a hundred years of age by 2030. Statistics Netherlands estimated that 2,811 of those were expected to be women.

Football
Jun 12 '19 07:47

Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports. 

Fin whale carcass in the Vlissingen port, 7 June 2019
Jun 7 '19 17:00

The massive carcass of a whale was found in the Vlissingen port on Friday morning, according to non profit group SOS Dolfijn. When pulled from the water, the whale was measured at 15 meters in length, reported Omroep Zeeland.

The fin whale was believed to be a young male, which are capable of growing to a length of 24 meters, according to the WWF. It was found along the bulbous bow of a ship, though it is not clear what caused the whale’s death.

Dutch police crime scene tape
May 30 '19 08:37

A 56-year-old man arrested for the murder of a 78-year-old woman in an apartment building in the Zeeland village of Oostkapelle, terrorized the complex for years, according to other residents of the Parc Zonnehove complex. "We are so happy that he was caught. Hopefully the police will find sufficient evidence to ensure that he can be put in jail for years", one of the residents said to newspaper AD.

Police guard in a detention center
May 29 '19 16:40

A 56-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the death of an elderly woman. Both the man and the victim, 78, are from the small village Oostkapelle, Zeeland, and were residing in the same apartment complex.

The Dutch police's special intervention service entering a home
May 22 '19 09:20

A 47-year-old man from Syria was arrested in Kapelle in Zeeland on Tuesday on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria. The man is suspected of being a commander of a battalion in terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra, the police said in a statement.

Netherlands polling voting elections
Apr 29 '19 10:50

Peter van Dijk, PVV leader in Zeeland and senator for the party, misused public money to campaign for the Provincial States elections, NRC reports based on documents, bank statements and audio recordings.

The rules of the province of Zeeland explicitly prohibit using community money for election campaigns, according to the newspaper. This is seen as subsidy fraud. Van Dijk is accused of violating the rules in his position as leader of the PVV faction in Zeeland.

Ambulance
Mar 8 '19 08:07

Four hikers were caught by the rising tide off the coast of the Zeeland village o Renesse on Thursday. A 45-year-old woman from Vilvoorde, Belgium, drowned. Her two children aged 17 and 8, and a 23-year-old woman from Renesse were injured, NOS reports.

The Dutch woman and her three dogs, and the Belgian woman and her son and daughter were walking on Verklikkerstrand when they got stuck on a sandbank by the rising tide. According to the police, they did not know each other. 

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Feb 20 '19 10:00

The number of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in the Netherlands increased considerably since Dutch courts started banning them in 2017, BN De Stem reports based on police figures.

Primary school classroom
Feb 18 '19 11:50

Of all the Dutch provinces, primary schools in Zeeland on average achieved the best results on the final test in group 8. Primary schools in Noord-Holland performed the worst, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school research. 

Man caught with 81 sea bass in Oostburg, 4 Feb 2019
Feb 4 '19 15:30

The Zeeland police arrested a man in Oostburg, in the municipality of Sluis, during the early hours of Monday morning after catching him with 81 sea bass. He was carrying the fish in four large IKEA bags, RTL Nieuws reports.

The man, originally from Rotterdam but currently with no permanent place of residence, told the police that he had caught the fish in Belgium. Since October 2018, it is illegal to catch more than one sea bass for personal consumption. The law was adapted due to the sea bass population declining.

Icy road
Jan 31 '19 07:37

Motorists across the country are warned to be careful of icy and slick roads during rush hour on Thursday morning. In Zeeland and Noord-Brabant thick fog may also reduce visibility to less than 200 meters. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.

Light snow or wet snow is still falling in some areas in the west and north of the country. According to the KNMI, around 2 centimeters of snow will fall before the winter showers leave the country. Due to the snow, there is a chance of icy and slick roads.

NS train in snow, winter
Jan 29 '19 16:47

Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.

The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.

Sunny day at Molen de Valk in Leiden, 6 November 2018
Nov 19 '18 15:16

Anyone complaining about the Dutch weather this winter might have to hold their tongue, as the Netherlands is well on its way to the sunniest year in history. With 11 days left in autumn, the Netherlands has already recorded the most hours of sunshine for the season, according to meteorologists at WeerPlaza and NOS.

Oct 2 '18 14:10

Getting divorced in Zeeland requires some patience. The court is dealing with a backlog in divorce cases, and actually getting divorced can take up to a year. Over the past two months the court in Middelburg has been training to reduce the waiting time for divorce cases to an acceptable level with extra sessions, Omroep Zeeland reports.

An electronic stethoscope
Sep 17 '18 15:20

The Health Care Inspectorate closed the Arduin care institution in the Zeeland village of Aagtekerke with immediate effect. The 14 residents must be transferred to other healthcare institutions within seven days, the Inspectorate said, ANP reports.

Arduin offers residential care for people with intellectual disabilities. According to the Inspectorate, the institution's employees are unable to provide the proper care for their clients. The organization is also careless with freedom-restricting measures used on residents.

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Sep 11 '18 12:50

The number of millionaires in the Netherlands keeps growing. In 2016 the country counted 112 thousand millionaire households, the highest number since this annual study started in 2006, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.

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Aug 28 '18 14:00

A 47-year-old man from Greece was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in the Zeeland town of Colijnsplaat on Saturday. He was caught smuggling eight people on a sailboat sailing under the Belgian flag, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

The eight people were found in the boat's cabin during a check in the port of Colijnsplaat. The Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military -  believe they come from Albania and were being smuggled to England. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Zr.Ms. Urk
Aug 23 '18 14:50

A German sea mine was detonated off the coast of Zeeland on Thursday morning. The mine was discovered in July, during installation of a power cable for the Borssele wind farm, RTL Nieuws reports.

The explosive weighed nearly 700 kilograms. The navy branch of Defense's Explosives Ordnance Disposal service detonated the mine some 1,500 kilometers from the coast near Vlissingnen from navy mine-hunting vessel Zr. MS. Urk.

Shipping traffic was halted while the mine was detonated. 

Ambulance
Aug 21 '18 07:31

A 7-year-old boy died on Monday after being attacked by a cow on small campsite De Koehoorn in the Zeeland village of Meliskerke, the police said on Twitter.

Emergency services responded to the campsite, which is located on a farm, en masse. But their attempts to save the boy was in vain. He died at the scene. Bystanders were offered victim assistance. 

Jul 27 '18 07:48

After weeks of drought, parts of Zuid- and Midden-Nederland were hit by a rain storm on Thursday evening. One person was killed and one injured in Rotterdam when a tree fell on their car. In Gelderland thousands of homes were without power for a few hours. And Roosendaal was hit by a whirlwind, NOS and AD report.

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland and Utrecht on Thursday night. The service predicted thunderstorms, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour and hailstones up to 2 centimeters.

Summer at the beach
Jul 6 '18 15:50

The beach in the Zuid-Holland town of Ouddorp is the cleanest beach in the Netherlands this year, according to the annual election by Strand Nederland, Green Deal Schone Stranden, Stichting NederlandSchoon, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, Blauwe Vlag/Green Key and hospitality magazine Entree, Nu.nl reports.

According to Strand Nederland, Ouddorp managed to convince many beach goers to strive for a coastline without waste. For example, pavilion operators hand out waste bags to beach goers. 

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