A suspect accused of randomly stabbing four exercising women from a moving vehicle in separate incidents was convicted on Monday. Rene V., 24, was sentenced to six years in prison and additional mandatory treatment at a psychiatric facility.
A nurse was stabbed at a mental healthcare institution in Castricum on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, but in a stable condition, the police said in a statement. A 40-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested as a suspect a short time after the stabbing.
The police responded to the institution on Oude Parklaan at around 8:40 p.m. At the scene they found that the suspect had fled in the direction of the train station. The 40-year-old Amsterdam man was arrested on Kramersweg and taken to a police station for questioning.
Rene V., a 24-year-old man suspected of stabbing four jogging women from his car, was caught because a previous victim in Schagen wrote down the license plate number of his car, was revealed during the trial against V. on Thursday, AD reports.
The incident in Schagen happened in June last year. The female victim was jogging when a honking car came driving at her, the driver making obscene gestures towards her. He slapped her through the open window as he drove pass. She was not injured, but wrote down the license plate number and called the police.
A 23-year-old man who injured four women by stabbing them from his moving car while they were jogging or cycling in Noord-Holland, did it because he got a "thrill" out of it, he said in the statement. Rene V. is also suspected of threatening six other victims, the Public Prosecutor revealed in a pro-forma hearing against the man on Thursday, AD reports.
The polling station in Castricum that opened at midnight received 17 voters during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The polling station at the train station in the Noord-Holland town was the first to open for the Provincial States election. Most other polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m.
Multiple suspects were arrested for violent incidents on trains in Anna Paulowna, Castricum and Roosendaal on Saturday. A train driver and a conductor were assaulted and another conductor was threatened with a knife, NU.nl reports.
A 15-year-old girl and a 72-year-old man were both injured in separate incidents involving a passing car in the Noord-Holland village of Barsingerhorn over the weekend.
The teenage girl was cycling on Heerenweg at around 7:10 p.m. on Saturday when a small passenger car approached her from the opposite direction. As the car drove past her, she was stabbed in the arm with a sharp object, according to the police. The car drove off.
A motorist wanted for hitting a 18-year-old jogger with his car and then stabbing her in Egmond aan den Hoef last week, may also have attacked two other women. The two other women were also hit by a car in Castricum a few days before the teenager was attacked, the Telegraaf reports.
Museum Huis van Hulde reconstructed the face of a Russian soldier who was killed in a battle in Castricum in 1799. The soldier's skeleton was discovered in the dunes last year. His origin was determined with a DNA investigation, and his face was reconstructed using forensic techniques, according to the museum. The reconstructed soldier will form part of the museum's Vijand in het Zand exhibition from Friday.
A collision between a passenger car and a truck on the N203 between Uitgeest and Castricum left three people dead and two injured on Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened around 6:00 p.m.
All five victims were in the passenger car, according to the police. The male driver and two female passengers were killed. Two male passengers were injured and taken to hospital. The severity of their injuries is unknown.
The truck driver, from Germany, escaped unharmed. He was taken to a police station for questioning.
Today the Dutch are voting for a new parliament at one of 8,891 polling stations. The first polling stations to open were in Castricum and Amsterdam at midnight. Hundreds of votes were already cast, RTL Nieuws reports.
All polling stations are open between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Don't know where to vote? A map with polling stations per municipality can be found here.
From Monday NS will deploy rush hour buses on the routes Amsterdam Sloterdijk, Krommenie Assendelft and Castricum in an effort to alleviate overcrowding in trains on these routes, the railway company announced in a press release.
A human skull dating back to the Middle Stone Age was fished from the seabed near the North Sea coast, according to archaeologists working with the province of Noord Holland. The well-preserved skull fragment is estimated at 9,500 years old, and was part of the head of an adult male, the researchers said.
For the second consecutive day a slight earthquake occurred in the North Holland Castricum coastal town. The KNMI said the quake had a magnitude of 2.0 on the Richter scale.
Castricum and surrounding area reported a sudden bang and vibrating windows, Tuesday.
It could be an earthquake, reported RTV NH in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday.