The police rescued two homeless people from a burning former school building in Amersfoort on Wednesday. The building caught fire around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday already, but due to a risk of collapse firefighters could not enter the building to search for people.
A large fire in Amersfoort had the emergency services working through the night. Firefighters are still working on extinguishing the fire. As far as is known, no one was hurt. No asbestos was released in the fire, according to safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht.
The Public Prosecutor demanded four years in prison, six months of which conditionally suspended, against 26 year old Aroetjoen M. from Zeist in court on Tuesday. M. is suspected of forcing a 16 year old girl into prostitution by blackmailing her with naked pictures of herself. He is also suspected of human trafficking, domestic violence and incitement to drug trafficking.
The police are launching a small-scale experiment in clamping cars to encourage owners to pay their outstanding fines. The experiment will run from February 1st to July 1st in Rotterdam, Amersfoort and Roermond, the police announced on Thursday.
Firefighters and other emergency responders were pelted with fireworks in several places in Rotterdam, Amersfoort, Tilburg and Oss during the course of their duties on New Year's eve.
The police once again had their hands full with burglaries over the Christmas days. Numerous burglars were arrested across the Netherlands between December 24th and December 26th and many more burglaries were reported, though there was not a remarkable increase in the number of burglaries compared to the same period in previous years.
Amersfoort Zoo has a new resident. A baby sloth was welcomed this week. Zookeepers spotted the baby on mother Amaka's belly, the zoo announced on Thursday.
An increasing number of Dutch municipalities are implementing firework bans over the New Year. This year one in five municipalities have firework-free zones, 30 percent more than last year. Not one municipality is banning fireworks completely.
The Netherlands will commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks with a minute of silence at noon on Monday. Public transport and public broadcasting will be quiet for 60 seconds. All flags on government buildings are hanging at half-mast and memorials have also been arranged in several places in the Netherlands.
A 32 year old man from Oude Pekela went to Amersfoort on Monday night for what he thought was a date, only to be threatened and almost robbed by two men.
In a desperate attempt to avoid deportation, the Armenian family Simonyan from Amersfoort hid their 9 year old son in some unknown location last week. This failed, the family is being deported on Wednesday without the boy. But the child is still missing.
The police arrested two men from Amersfoort on Monday on the suspicion that they spread so-called ransomware to tens of thousands of computers world wide.
A police SWAT team removed a disturbed man from his apartment on Kapelweg in Amersfoort on Thursday afternoon. The man refused to leave his home and the police were concerned that he might hurt himself.
Amersfoort has paid 4 thousand euros in compensation to Sytze van der V. because mayor Lucas Bolsuis revealed his address last year. The court ruled that the city has to pay compensation in April and the municipality has now decided not to appeal against the ruling
More than 4 thousand euros have been donated to the families of Eva and Belle - the two friends who were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort on May 6th. The money is intended to build a memorial site in memory of the two Amersfoort women.
The storm that blew through the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday caused damages amounting about a million euros.
The two victims that were killed by a lighting strike in Amersfoort, Utrecht on Wednesday afternoon, have been identified as two 20 year old women, both from Amersfoort.
Insurance company Interpolis estimated receiving some 1,500 damage claims after the storms and high winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Liberation Day storm alone caused about a thousand reports, according to Telegraaf.
A lightning strike in an Amersfoort, Utrecht park left two people dead, safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht reported on Wednesday. The two victims likely took shelter from the rain underneath a tree, and lightning may have hit both the tree and the victims, a safety office spokesman said.
The bolt of lightning came down in Randenbroek Park at about 2:30 p.m. The fire department was quickly called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the victims after the incident but to no avail.
The storm that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday not only disrupted the Liberation Day parties, but also caused some damage across the country.
Nelly de Vries-Lammerts from Amersfoort turned 110 years old on Tuesday, making her the oldest person in the Netherlands.
A woman charged with trying to steal jewelry from hundreds of retirement homes was sentenced on Tuesday to two and a half years in prison, with ten months probation. The court in Almelo also ordered the woman to pay 45,000 euros in damages to the dozens of elderly victims she is accused of robbed.
Two suspects were injured in a car accident after blowing up an ATM in Nijkerk early this morning. The two suspects were taken to the hospital. A third suspect is still at large.
Police raided a house on Kryptonweg in Amersfoort and arrested twenty people suspected of taking part in an illegal poker tournament on Tuesday night. The police received a tip that there were hard drugs at the location, and visited the home, according to a news release.