No Chimney Pieten will accompany Sinterklaas during celebrations in Noord-Brabant's largest cities. Seven of the eight cities in the province decided to stick to traditional Zwarte Pieten, with the actor's faces colored by brown, dark brown or black makeup, Omroep Brabant reports.
Jos de G. was sentenced on appeal to 12 years in prison for raping and killing 15-year-old Nicole van den Hurk in 1995. The court in Den Bosch convicted him of rape and manslaughter on Tuesday. When this case was first tried two years ago, De G.
Shots were fired at a home on Muntelwal in Den Bosch on Thursday evening. No one was injured. The residents were not home at the time of the shooting, according to the police.
Two shots were fired, local residents told Brabants Dagblad. "Then we saw a small, dark car driving away with screeching tires", one resident said. "This is normally a quiet neighborhood", another neighbor, whose been living on this street for 20 years, said to the newspaper. He couldn't say who lives in the targeted home.
Twelve Dutch municipalities teamed up with nature organization IVN to plant tiny forests in their towns or cities this autumn. According to IVN, tiny forests make urban areas greener, and contribute to biodiversity and water storage during heavy rainfall, NOS reports.
A motorist tried to hit a enforcement officer in Den Bosch with his car shortly after he was fined for illegal parking. The municipality's enforcement officer managed to get out of the way in time and was not hurt, ANP reports.
The officer "miraculously" managed to jump out of the way just in time as the car came at him at high speed, the police said.
A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Like last year, Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.
Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson at the Avans University of Applied Sciences' art academy in Den Bosch on Sunday. An 18-year-old boy from Rosmalen turned himself in on Monday, and a 15-year-old boy from Den Bosch was arrested on Wednesday, the police announced on Thursday.
Both suspects were arraigned on Thursday. The 15-year-old was released from custody for the time being, the older suspect will stay in custody for another two weeks.
Two teenage boys from Amsterdam were arrested shortly after a shooting in Eindhoven during the early hours of Monday morning. The shooting happened on Shakespearelaan around 3:00 a.m., Het Parool reports.
Multiple shots were fired at a home on Shakespearelaan. No one was injured, the residents were not home at the time But considerable damage was done to the home's windows and facade, according to the newspaper.
Police union ACP is seriously concerned about the safety of various shooting ranges the police use for training. The union recently learned that a bullet bounced back and hit a police officer's hearing protection at the shooting range in Sevenum, Limburg and problems resulted in the closure of ranges in Den Bosch and Kerkrade, according to the union, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to the union, the police leadership hasn't given a proper explanation about the problems at these shooting ranges.
Den Bosch station was evacuated twice on Thursday night. First because a man said he left a bomb at the station, and then after a report of an armed person on a train. According to the police, the two incidents are not connected, NU.nl reports.
The chance that the Vuelta a España will start in Utrecht in 2020 increased considerably on Monday. The Provincial States made a contribution of 2.1 million euros available for the organization involved in being the cycling event's starting point, NU.nl reports.
A 12-year-old pupil of Boschveld childcare center in Den Bosch was seriously hurt on Thursday when the swing she was using broke. The girl sustained two tears to her pelvis. Investigation revealed that someone vandalized the swing. The municipality of Den Bosch reported the incident to the police, a spokesperson confirmed to newspaper AD.
Last week the police arrested over 100 people in a nationwide campaign against so-called 'mobile banditry' - gangs of criminals that travel from place to place to commit crimes. The detainees include shoplifters, baby formula thieves, pickpockets, drug traffickers, identity thieves and even a fake cop, the police said in a statement on Monday night.
The nationwide action was held between Tuesday and Friday last week. Multiple people were arrested at Amsterdam Central Station for pickpocketing, or attempts thereto.
A Dutch-Polish drug gang was busted in a combined effort by the Dutch, Polish and German police. The Dutch police raided multiple places in the south of the Netherlands on April 16th and 17th and arrested seven suspects. Another seven suspects were arrested in Poland. They are all suspected of being part of a criminal organization involved in drug trafficking and dealing in chemicals intended for the production of synthetic drugs, the police said on Friday.
The Noordbrabants Museum bought a Van Gogh painting titled Still life with bottles and shell from a private individual abroad for 2.5 million euros, the museum announced on Wednesday. This is the third painting by Vincent van Gogh that the museum in Den Bosch bought in as many years.
An explosion caused major damage to an apartment on Amsterdamstraat in Den Bosch during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The police believe someone left an explosive in front of the apartment's door, Omroep Brabant reports.
The explosion could be heard in large parts of Den Bosch around 2:00 a.m. It shattered the apartment's window, destroyed a rain pipe, and damaged the door.
No one was injured. The resident was watching TV on the other side of the apartment when the explosion happened. His dog was lying near the door, but also escaped unharmed.
The police raided at least 15 locations in the south of the Netherlands on Monday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into drug production and trafficking. Six people were arrested, ANP reports.
In Echt, Limburg, the police found thousands of liters of raw materials used in the production of synthetic drugs. A drug lab and storage were found in Zaltbommel.
The police also raided locations in Venlo, Odiliapeel, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Schijndel, Uden and Velden. What was found has not been revealed as yet.
NS is launching an experiment with a travel planner app that will help travelers find a seat on a busy train. The app, called zitplaatszoeker, shows with the colors green, yellow, or orange how likely you are to find a seat on which cart of the train, RTL Nieuws reports.
The experiment starts on the route between Arnhem and Den Bosch. NS deliberately chose this route because "it often happens that passengers have to stand on one side of the train, while there are still seats on the other side".
The trial against 17-year-old Angelo S. from Den Bosch, suspected of murdering 14-year-old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten last year, will start in June. The court in Utrecht reserved June 18th and 19th for the trial, AD reports.
Geert Wilders and his PVV won city council seats seats in each one of the 30 municipalities the party participated in during the municipal elections on Wednesday. In total the PVV currently stands on 74 seats, the Volkskrant reports.
During the previous municipal elections four years ago, the PVV only participated in two municipalities - Almere and The Hague. The party got fewer seats in those two municipalities this time around. In Almere the party dropped from nine to seven seats, and in The Hague from seven to two seats.
The police arrested three men on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in a massive brawl in the court of Den Bosch on February 21st.
A trail revolving around a fatal shooting in Den Bosch last year, had to be briefly suspended on Wednesday after members of the victim's family attacked the suspect. The court in Den Bosch was temporarily on lock down while order was restored, AD reports.
A 30-year-old man from 's-Hertogenbosch was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of kicking a 2-year-old boy in Rosmalen on February 12th. He is also suspected of assaulting a 4-year-old boy in 's-Hertogenbosch two days earlier, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.