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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A 95-year-old woman was found dead in her home in Alkmaar on Thursday night. The police believe she was murdered.
A court in Alkmaar sentenced Yasmine M. to three years in prison, one of which conditionally suspended, on Tuesday. M. is the mother of three baby girls whose bodies were discovered in Alkmaar and Heerhugowaard in 2014 and 2015. She was convicted of child manslaughter and hiding the three bodies
The Public Prosecutor demanded four years in prison, one of which conditionally suspended, against Yasmine M. - the mother of three dead babies found in Alkmaar and Heerhugowaard in 2014 and 2015. The prosecutor believes the 31 year old woman is responsible for the death of one of the babies and hiding the bodies of all three. M. claims she's innocent, according to AD journalist Victor Schildkamp, tweeting from within the courtroom.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 180 hours of community service and 3 months probation against 23 year old Salim H. on Tuesday. H. prank called more than a hundred people, pretended to be a police officer and told them that a relative had died.
The police seized firearms, ammunition, drugs, money and counterfeit money while searching 19 addresses across the Netherlands on Friday, following the arrest of 23 Hell's Angels and Mongols members in Rotterdam on Thursday.
A young man with Down's Syndrome that went missing from Alkmaar on Thursday, was found safe and sound in Maastricht a few hours later. It turns out that he was not so much missing, as on an adventure.
The police arrested a 17-year-old boy from Alkmaar on Wednesday for threatening the Tax Office with a DDoS attack on their website. On Tuesday and Wednesday the boy threatened to make the tax site unreachable, so that many people will not be able to submit their tax returns on time.
Dutch tennis association KNLTB is stunned by an ESSA report which states that there was match fixing involved in two tennis-matches in the Netherlands last year. The report does not say which matches or on what level, only that the one match happened between April and June and the other between July and September.
NS is deploying cleaners to clean trains while they're traveling on long routes. The cleaners work between the morning- and evening rush hour, cleaning up loose rubbish, emptying bins and removing stains while the train is traveling