About 2 thousand people participated in a march against anti-LGBT violence through Amsterdam on Wednesday evening. The participants marched hand-in-hand from Dam Square to the Gay Monument at Westermarkt, ANP reports.
After years of only servicing the Randstad area in the Netherlands, Uber is launching its taxi service in Eindhoven today. But not everyone is happy about this, regular taxi drivers in particular are upset. "Let them fuck off quickly", one taxi driver, Karin, said to Omroep Brabant.
Gay couples in Amsterdam and Eindhoven also reported being assaulted because of their sexuality over the weekend. An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the Eindhoven incident. The Amsterdam police are still looking for the perpetrator.
The couple in Amsterdam were attacked on Kerkstraat late Saturday night. They spread pamphlets in the area calling for witnesses to come forward, AD reports. The police confirmed to the newspaper that the couple reported the assault and that it may have been a hate crime.
After years of only operating in the Randstad area in the Netherlands, American taxi service Uber is now also launching in Eindhoven. Uber calls Eindhoven an interesting marked due to the "innovating and international character" of the region, referring particularly to the airport and the High Tech campus, RTL Nieuws reports.
The American company believes there will be enough interest for the service in Eindhoven. According to the company, Uber app users already check whether there are Uber taxis available in the city. The service launches there on Wednesday.
The Maria chapel on Noord-Brabantlaan in Eindhoven was vandalized somewhere between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Swastikas and blasphemous words were spray-painted on the chapel and a statue of Mary was smeared with red paint, Omroep Brabant reports.
Spring arrived in the Netherlands with temperatures topping 20 degrees for the first time this season on Tuesday. Around 2:30 p.m. it was 20.2 degrees Celsius in Eindhoven and 20.0 degrees in Arcen. The usual afternoon temperatures for late March is 11 to 12 degrees, Weeronline reports
For spring to officially arrive in the Netherlands, temperatures must reach 20 degrees at the national weather station De Bilt. Weeronline expects this to happen on Thursday. Normally the first warm day of spring in the Netherlands happens around mid April.
On Wednesday the police arrested three 18-year-olds from Veghel for walking around the Piazza shopping center in Eindhoven with what seemed to be a Kalashnikov. The automatic firearm later turned out not to be dangerous - it was a water pipe oor hookah made to look like a Kalashnikov.
The fact that the gun was not real was not immediately apparent as the hookah was dismantled and only the part that looked like a Kalashnikov could be seen. A witness noticed it and called the police.
A Helmond father may have had help from a member of biker gang Hell's Angels when he assaulted another man in Eindhoven in January for harassing his 14-year-old daughter online. This can be seen in the criminal file, which newspaper BN De Stem managed to get hold of.
Eyewitnesses saw father Mario Haazen get into a car with someone else on the night he assaulted Jack S., January 19th. Jack S. is a mental health patient who sexually harassed Haazen's underage daughter online.
An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands American food chains will be opening in the country in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.
Information about Prime Minister Mark Rutte and military airbase Volkel was found in the home of 23-year-old Eindhoven terror suspect Hasan A., the Public Prosecutor revealed in court on Thursday. Hasan A. is standing trial on suspicion of preparing for terrorist actions, AD reports.
Three leading members of motorcycle gang Satudarah were convicted in a big drug case on Monday. Their sentences were much lower than the Public Prosecutor demanded, however. According to the court in Breda, there is no evidence that the suspects formed a criminal organization, ANP reports.
The highest sentence was imposed on Bjorn E., vice president of the Satudarah chapter in Tilburg. He got 46 months in prison for money laundering and involvement in the production of raw materials for drugs. The Prosecutor demanded 8 years against him
Stinky white smoke curling from a chimney led to the discovery of an ecstasy lab in Eindhoven on Sunday.
Passersby noticed the smoke on Rapenlandstraat and called the police around 10:00 a.m. Officers and firefighters agreed that the smelly smoke was suspicious and decided to search the building. Inside they found a large ecstasy lab in "full operation", according to the police. No one was in the building while it was searched.
An Eindhoven bus driver who had a corrosive liquid thrown in his face while on duty late in January, is doing well and is back at work, his employer said to Omroep Brabant. "He was home for a while, but is back at work now. He sustained no permanent injury", the employer said to the broadcaster.
A bus driver in Eindhoven was attacked by three men on Friday, January 27th, the police said on Wednesday. The perpetrators threw a corrosive liquid in the bus driver's face, injuring his eyes. It is unclear whether he will recover fully, Omroep Brabant reports.
The men threw the liquid in the bus driver's face immediately after boarding the bus at the Nicolaistraat bus stop and then fled on foot. They are still at large.
The perpetrators are all men between the ages of 20 and 25 years old with tanned skin.
An argument between a group of young people in Eindhoven got out of hand on Thursday night and ended with a 19-year-old being run over with a car. The young man got stuck between a car and a tree and sustained severe injuries, a bystander said to Omroep Brabant.
The victim was rushed to the hospital. He sustained a broken pelvis and tailbone and his leg broke in three places, his brother said to the broadcaster. "He is also complaining of pain in the abdomen. He is currently being examined in surgery", the brother said on Friday morning.
Jamal Williams from Vught ended up in hospital in critical condition after he stood up for a woman in an Eindhoven nightclub on Saturday night. The 24-year-old man confronted a group of men for harassing a woman and was beaten up for his efforts.
The assault happened around 2:00 a.. on Sunday on Stratumseind. Jamal's mother says that he was beaten to the ground while standing in line at the club. He sustained a brain injury, but is now in stable condition, the mother said according to Brabants Dagblad.
Suspected jihadist Lieke S. from Eindhoven was extradited from Bulgaria to the Netherlands. The Koninklijke Marechaussee took her into custody at Schiphol airport on Friday morning, AD reports.
The 33-year-old woman was arrested in Bulgaria on December 23rd, at the request of the Dutch Public Prosecutor. The prosecutor in Den Bosch suspects her of trying to join terrorist organization ISIS in order to take part in the violent struggle in Syria.
On Tuesday the police arrested two brothers in Eindhoven on suspicion of involvement in a brutal robbery and rape in a chalet in Schaijk in 2009. New information led investigators to the suspects, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. The suspects, age 26 and 28 years, are in custody for further investigation.
A doctor in Geertruidenberg, Eindhoven had his GP's license suspended for six months after he had sex with a female patient. The suspension was imposed on him by the Regional Disciplinary Board in Eindhoven. The doctor's practice will be closed until July 3rd of this year, Omroep Brabant reports.
Cito Motors in Eindhoven sold Formula 1 star Max Verstappen's former Aston Martin V12 Vantage S for 239,500 euros on Monday. The car was listed for sale for less than a day, AD reports.
According to an employee of Cito Motors, it was quite a tense sale. "There were many rivals in the field." the employee said to the newspaper.
The 572 horsepower car has only 4,128 kilometers on the odometer. Verstappen drove the car for 6 months as figurehead for Aston Martin. As the car was driven and approved by the F1 star, it now bears a Verstappen approved label under the hood.
A 9-year-old child threatened store personnel in Eindhoven with a knife after he was caught shoplifting. The store employees stopped the boy before he could leave the Action store and tried to take him to the office. He pulled a knife and started waving it about, ANP reports.
The employees managed to take the knife from the boy. The 9-year-old grabbed a pen and again tried to stab the employees. When the employees took the pen from him, he started screaming.
A home on Honthorststraat in Eindhoven was severely damaged by an explosion around 4:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. The police closed down the street in the Burghplan neighborhood for investigation, the police said on Twitter.
According to newspaper AD, the resident was home when the explosion happened, but managed to escape unharmed.
The home's windows were broken and several cars in the area were damaged. The home's facade also sustained damage.
A motorcycle police officer accused of of knocking over a scooter rider, seriously injuring him, was acquitted of attempted manslaughter. The Eindhoven cop was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 100 hours of community service, Omroep Brabant reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 120 hours of community service, one day in prison and a 29 day suspended prison sentence. According to the Public Prosecutor, the 43-year-old cop took a massive risk when he pushed the suspect over while the scooter was in motion.
During Christmas and New Year's insurance companies in the Netherlands receive on average double the number of claims as on ordinary days, according to figures from the Dutch Association of Insurers. However, for the third year in a row there was a decrease in the number of burglary claims last year, AD reports.
Last year there wre some 38 thousand burglaries across the country, compared to 45 thousand in 2014. That is a decrease of about 18 percent. Compared to 2013, the number of burglary claims submitted per day halved from 250 to 125.