During excavations in the city of Groningen, a bomb was found that the municipal archeologists believe was fired at the city in 1672. The cast iron mortar grenade weighs over 40 kilograms and was found more than 2 meters deep in the ground, according to broadcaster NOS.
Three teenagers were arrested in Groningen on Tuesday for shooting passersby with an air gun. At least 10 people were shot at, most sustained minor injuries, NOS reports.
According to the police, the three 16-year-old boys were shooting pedestrians through the skylight of a home on Nieuwe Sint Jansstraat.
The police took victims' statements at the police station. None of the injured people had to go to the hospital. The police believe that more people may have been shot at, and call on victims to come forward.
The police are investigating the cause of death of a 21-year-old man from Groningen, whose body was found next to the train tracks under the Hereweg viaduct in Groningen on Sunday morning. Investigators are still in the dark about what happened to the young man and call on witnesses to come forward.
The management of Groningen student association Vindicat denies all reports that its members destroyed the Sushi Mall restaurant in Groningen when a party with a few hundred students got out of hand last week. According to the management, there is "no damage", NU.nl reports.
Witnesses told city blog Sikkom that Vindicat students pushed and mocked the staff, threw glasses, kicked a hole into the bathroom door and peed on the walls.
The Holland Casino in Groningen was completely destroyed in a massive fire that was discovered around 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, and which firefighters finally managed to get under control around 3:30 p.m. No one was seriously injured, but millions of euros of damage was done, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
A "scarily high" 31 percent of sushi meals that are delivered to customers' homes contain too much bacteria, according to consumers association Consumentenbond. This is caused by poor hygiene in the preparation of the meals, the association concludes after testing 160 sushi samples from 20 restaurants in five cities, NU.nl reports.
Poor hygiene standards include using dirty cutting boards and employees not washing their hands before working with the food. In many cases the delivered sushi was fresh, the Consumentenbond added.
Thousands of people participated in a torchlight march through the city of Groningen on Tuesday as a protest against the Dutch government's policy on gas extraction in the northern province. Organizers estimate that about 4,500 people joined the march. The protesters want gas extraction to be further reduced, preferably to zero, and earthquake damage to be compensated, NU.nl reports.
People from the northern province of Groningen are showing anger on the government policies and recent bankruptcy of aluminum company Aldel. The company’s closure was the last straw for Groningers.
City of Groningen officials will have to work on May 1 and on August 28, starting next year. Labor Day used to be a day off for them, as was Bommen Berend. This is one of the new terms of employment for officials, negotiated by the City and unions in recent weeks.In order to attract more young people, older employees are to work less. The negotiations have not been easy, admit both the City and the unions. Some statements made by Alderman Schroor did not sit well with the officials.