Alkmaar

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 16 '19 11:50

The Dutch Safety Board found two more fractures and two compromised places in the roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar, the Safety Board said in an interim report. These fractures and suspected cracks may lead to parts of the remaining roof collapsing. "They represent an acute risk", the Safety Board said, NOS reports.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 14 '19 13:40

When the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar was built, the future installation of solar panels on its roof was not taken into account, Anna Lambrechts, commercial director of Sunprojects - the company that installed around 1,700 solar panels on the stadium's roof in 2015 - said in a video used as promotional material, AD reports.

The video was filmed four years ago. It was taken offline after the roof of the AZ stadium partially collapsed in a storm on Saturday.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 13 '19 10:01

A report raising concerns about fire safety and structural integrity of AFAS stadium that was released shortly before the new stadium opened in 2006, was ignored by the Alkmaar city council and office of mayor and aldermen, former alderman Victor Kloos said to De Stentor. 

"We warned about it at the time. In the meantime, I have requested all documents, investigations and reports from that time from the municipality", party leader Kloos of OPA - currently the largest party in the Alkmaar city council - said to the newspaper. 

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Aug 10 '19 18:51

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.

Football
Aug 9 '19 13:30

Thursday was a tumultuous day for Dutch football in the third Europea League qualifying rounds. While AZ failed to score a single goal against FC Marioepol despite having 20 shots, Feyenoord managed to score three goals in 10 minutes against Dinamo Tbilisi. The AZ vs FC Marioepol match ended 0-0, the Feyenoord vs Dinamo Tbilisi one ended 4-0.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 26 '19 14:20

NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.

Screenshot of a NSB propaganda video on the Jeugdstorm
Jun 10 '19 09:23

YouTube removed the Regionaal Archief Alkmaar video channel over "hate speech". The archive channel featured video footage of the Second World War and other archive footage of Alkmaar and its surroundings. The removal may have to do with the fact that Nazi symbols like swastikas can be seen on the WWII footage, NH Nieuws reports. The channel now seems to be back online. 

May 30 '19 14:10

Nearly 18 years ago, Dutch kickboxer Coen de Nijs was shot and killed in the center of Alkmaar. This week police finally came one step closer to solving the crime.

A 46-year-old Estonian man was arrested on Tuesday, suspected of playing a role in the street killing. The man admitted to being involved in the incident, police said in a statement on Thursday.

The murder happened on June 22, 2001, when De Nijs was shot from behind while he was near the corner of Zevenhuizen and Gasthuisstraat in the Noord-Holland city. De Nijs died at the scene.

Hugo de Jonge
Apr 15 '19 09:17

The Dutch government is preparing more housing and counseling for victims of human trafficking, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced. A total of 36 new reception centers will be opened in five municipalities this year.

A voter walking into a polling station in Amsterdam Oost, 20 March 2019
Mar 20 '19 11:00

While most polling stations for the Provincial States elections opened smoothly and on time on Wednesday morning, there were a few problems. One polling station in Alkmaar is closed due to a fire on Wednesday morning. A number of polling stations in Amsterdam opened over an hour late. And residents of a Rotterdam neighborhood didn't get their voting passes.

Feb 27 '18 10:50

Utrecht scores the best of all Dutch cities when it comes to sustainability, according to a study by  Natuur & Milieu published on Tuesday. Amsterdam came in a close second, followed by Alkmaar.

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Nov 10 '17 15:56

Police arrested two suspects in connection with the kidnapping of a young woman from a train station in Eindhoven. A 31-year-old Alkmaar man was taken into custody on October 26, which police made public on Friday. A 45-year-old was also in custody according to police.

The victim was abducted and pulled into a car by two men in the early morning hours of May 27. She was then kept captive for hours in a house in Son en Breugel, where police say she was raped. When she was released hours later, she immediately called authorities, according to a police report.

Traffic
Oct 9 '17 08:31

Nearly 40 people were hurt in a pileup on the A9 near Velsen-Zuid on Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. a car crashed into the guardrail, after which around 10 other vehicles collided with each other. The entire highway in that direction was closed for 5 hours, NU.nl reports.

Most of the injured people were treated at the scene of the accidents. Only two had to go to hospital. 

Hundreds of motorists caught behind the accident, were stuck on the highway for hours. During the afternoon, police officers helped these motorists in turning around and guided them off the highway.

Valuable family heirloom accidentally sold at a King's Day flea market in Hoorn, 27 Apr 2017
May 5 '17 09:56

A family heirloom accidentally sold on a King's Day flea market, has been tracked down. The painting is now back with its original owner, NOS reports. 

An 11-year-old girl from Blokker sold the painting at a Hoorn flea market with her father for only 5 euros. She had no idea that the painting was precious to her mother. And the father did not know his ex still wanted it, as had been in his attic for some time. 

May 1 '17 16:15

Arnhem professional football club Vitesse won 2-0 against Alkmaar’s AZ in the KNVB Cup final at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam Sunday night, a historical win for the team which had not won a major tournament or league in its club history. The team from will celebrate its 125th anniversary on May 14. No professional football club has suffered a drought as long as Vitesse.

As Cup winner, Vitesse gets to face off against the upcoming national champion, which is likely to be Feyenoord, for the Johan Cruijff Shield on August 5th. Vitesse is currently ranked sixth in the Eredivisie.

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Apr 28 '17 08:27

The Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem Dirk-Jan Schoon suspended another priest on child sex abuse charges. This priest has been retired for 13 years, but is still involved in celebrations in the Amsterdam parish and was used in emergencies, NOS reports.

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Apr 10 '17 14:05

A 31-year-old man from was arrested on Saturday in Alkmaar after leaving his 3-year-old daughter in a sweltering hot car for about two hours, according to a police report. The Uitgeest man and his wife went shopping in the center of Alkmaar and left their child in the locked car, where temperatures rapidly started to climb.

Bystanders called the police when they noticed the upset toddler in the vehicle parked on Gedempte Nieuwsloot. The police managed to track down the owner of the car, convincing him to return to the vehicle and free the his daughter.

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Mar 8 '17 15:50

The police arrested five people last month on suspicion that they extorted, threatened, blackmailed and assaulted at least 15 gay men which they found through various dating apps and sites focused on homosexual men, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the police, the suspects forced their victims to pay them large amounts of money or they would make their sexual exploits public. Two men were also assaulted. 

Jan 27 '17 08:42

On Thursday night the police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Baljuwslaan and arrested a total of 10 people. The suspects include nine men and one woman. According to the police, the 9 men make up the entire Haarlem chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang, ANP reports.

The men are aged between 35 and 64 years and come from Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar and IJmuiden. They are all suspected of participation in a criminal organization. Some are also suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson.

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Dec 19 '16 13:40

The mother of 18-year-old Sophie Kroone is accusing the Medical Center Alkmaar of removing her daughter's organs without permission in 2011. She and lawyer Annet Wood pressed charges with the Hoorn police and the Medical disciplinary board, Gooi- and Eemlander reports.

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Jul 20 '16 13:00

Some bad news for Amsterdam residents who want to enjoy the tropical weather on the beach this afternoon - if you travel by train, count on delays. A switch malfunction means that fewer trains are traveling from Amsterdam Central to Alkmaar, Haarlem and Schiphol

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Jun 17 '16 15:40

Three Dutch people were arrested on Tuesday in a large joint investigation with the United States into drug trade via illegal online market places on the so-called Dark Web, the police announced on Friday. 

The main suspect is a 28-year-old man from Broek op Langedijk. He is suspected of trading and exporting "substantial quantities" of narcotics and money laundering.  A 29-year-old man from Nieuwe Niedorp and a 26-year-old man from Alkmaar were also arrested on suspicion of involvement in this trafficking. All three are still in custody and will be arraigned on Friday.

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Jun 10 '16 09:57

One person was critically injured in a large fire in a business complex in Alkmaar on Thursday. He was rushed to the hospital with serious burns, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Noord-Holland-Noord.

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May 27 '16 15:30

A 95-year-old woman was found dead in her home in Alkmaar on Thursday night. The police believe she was murdered.

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