147 of the total 657 people who work at the Vion slaughterhouse and meat processor in Groenlo in Gelderland tested positive for the coronavirus. Health service GGD Noord- en Oost-Gelderland tested all the employees of the slaughterhouse after it was ordered closed when 45 employees were found to have the virus.
The Vion slaughterhouse and meat processor in Groenlo, Gelderland was ordered closed on Wednesday after 45 of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA announced. Less than half of the slaughterhouse's employees have been tested so far.
Noord-Brabant is offering farmers so-called wolf-resistant nets to protect their sheep after multiple incidents of wolf attacks on sheep in the province. Farmers who want to can get the nets from the province on loan, a spokesperson for provincial deputy Elies Lemkes-Straver said to Omroep Brabant. The province is currently checking which farmers want to use these nets.
Arnhem man Bart van den Akker got the fright of his life when he went to get some grapes from the fridge on Saturday, only to find a tarantula in the package. The grapes were bought from Albert Heijn, who imported them from Chile, De Gelderlander reports.
Police in the Netherlands arrested three people and seized an estimated 10 million euros worth of crystal methamphetamine after raiding a barn in Achter-Drempt. Several kilograms of raw crystal meth, unfinished product, and chemicals were found in the drug lab which would have further increased the street value of the drugs, police said.
Police in Apeldoorn broke up a group of over a hundred people who had converged on a caravan park in defiance of the country’s social distancing rules. “Too many people, too close together,” was how police described the scene at Laan van Zodiac on Friday night.
Officers arriving on scene began enforcing the rules, meant to slow the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. Authorities on the ground were aided by a police helicopter circling above monitoring the scene.
A second suspect was taken into custody on Friday as part of the investigation into a series of arsons targeting telecommunications transmitter masts across the Netherlands. Hours after the arrest was announced, another mast was set on fire in Waddinxveen, Zuid-Holland.
At least 19 masts have caught on fire in various locations over the past few weeks. Police believe arson to be the cause of most if not all of them.
Last year a total of 661 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, a 2.5 percent decrease compared to 2018, according to Statistics Netherlands. The number of fatalities among people in their twenties and thirties increased by nearly a quarter, from 147 in 2018 to 183 in 2019. Half of the people who died on Dutch roads last year were older than 60, the stats office reported on Wednesday.
Dutch public health agency RIVM said there were 9,762 people who tested positive for coronavirus in the Netherlands on Saturday, an increase of 1,159 over Friday's total. The agency added that 93 more people who tested positive later died, bringing the total number of Dutch fatal cases to 639.
The driver of a car pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence said he had not been drinking much, but had eaten a large quantity of chocolate-covered cherry bonbons. It happened Wednesday night on Rijksweg-West in Arnhem, when police saw the vehicle "swerving and driving slowly."
He was given a breathalyzer test, which measured a quantity of 275 micrograms of alcohol per liter, about 25 percent over the legal limit.
A cheerful, smiling blond woman named Dee walked out of coffeeshop Nogal Wiedes in Amsterdam Centrum having purchased a gram of hash just before the government's new emergency measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic took effect. The policy was introduced at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, and included a mandate that all restaurants, bars, cafes, fitness centers, saunas, sex clubs, and coffeeshops close from 6 p.m. on Sunday through April 6.
A wedding reception in Gelderland was broken up by police Saturday night because there were too many attending the event. Police in Druten were enforcing the government's ban on all gatherings of over 100 people, a restriction put into place on Thursday to help contain the spread of coronavirus, officers said on social media.
Authorities say a police officer who was arrested over his involvement in an off-duty “violent incident” has been suspended. “Drugs were found during the investigation,” police note, and the criminal case is ongoing.
“In addition to the criminal investigation, a disciplinary investigation has also been started,” authorities confirm. “The employee has since been suspended, but he has no access to police buildings and systems during the investigations.”
There was a massive jump in positive coronavirus tests since Saturday afternoon among people living in Breda, according to statistics provided by health agency RIVM. The city is now home to 16 people with the new strain of the virus, out of 90 across the Noord-Brabant province.
Breda is now the city in the Netherlands with the most positive cases, followed by Rotterdam with 14, Houten and Utrecht with 13 each, and Tilburg with 12. There were six people being treated in Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
Scores of emergency personnel raced to the town hall in Nijkerk after a driver smashed his pick-up truck through the exterior glass and into the lobby. Video shot at the scene showed the truck then reverse out of the building, before then driving back in again.
The driver was injured during the Friday morning incident and transported to an area hospital. He was being kept in police custody as the circumstances around the incident were being investigated, authorities said.
The Dutch football federation the KNVB have agreed to meet with Vitesse Arnhem after the club brought out a statement criticizing recent decisions by the video assistant referee, otherwise known as VAR, against them. Recently Vitesse said it was frustrated by inconsistent decisions against the club in its matches against PSV Eindhoven and PEC Zwolle.
People from across the Netherlands and several places in Belgium reported seeing a very bright flash of light at around 00:40 a.m. on Tuesday. The flash was caused by a meteor moving through the atmosphere from an easterly direction, according to NOS.
Two patients escaped from a psychiatric prison in Poortugaal, Zuid-Holland on Sunday afternoon. They took an employee hostage under threat of a firearm and knife, and then fled. During their arrest, one was shot by the police and killed, the Public Prosecution said.
The two psychiatric prisoners escaped from clinic Kijvelanden at around 4:30 p.m. Once outside, they got into a taxi and drove off. The police gave chase and brought the taxi to a halt on the A15 near Kesteren in Gelderland,
A 15-year-old boy was found dead at the company where he worked in the Gelderland town of Dodewaard on Wednesday. Emergency services were deployed to the business on the Edisonring, but attempts to resuscitate the boy was to no avail. He died at the scene, the police said on Twitter.
The boy's body was discovered by colleagues just before 4:00 p.m., according to newspaper AD.
Residents of the Netherlands travel ever greater distances between their homes and their work, according to a new study by the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL into the daily journeys made by people in the Netherlands between 1995 and 2016.
A 35-year-old woman was found dead in a home in Eerbeek, Gelderland early Friday night. The following morning officers arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the case.
“The detectives are investigating his relationship with the deceased woman, and his possible role in her death,” police said.
Dispatchers sent a trauma team by helicopter to the neighborhood along with paramedics in an ambulance. The teams were sent to the scene after 2:10 a.m.
The head of public works department Rijkswaterstaat allowed Amsterdam construction company Bontrup to dump thousands of tons of waste in a natural lake in Gelderland, the Volkskrant reports based on research by Zembla. Rijkswaterstaat approved this dumping shortly after former Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra became involved, according to the newspaper.
The waste involved is granulite, which is a byproduct of processing granite and sandstone. It is considered "soil" by the Dutch authorities, but concerns about its effects on the environment were raised in 2018.
Last year, nearly 71 thousand new homes were built and delivered in the Netherlands, over 6 percent more than in 2018 and the biggest increase in a decade, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. The total housing stock in the Netherlands grew by 0.9 percent last year.
At least two people were killed in a house fire on the outskirts of Duiven on Friday morning. The Gelderland police reported the first fatality at around 8:40 a.m., and the second one half an hour later. Firefighters are still searching the house for victims, bystanders told De Gelderlander.
Emergency services responded to the home on Roodwilligenstraat just after 8:00 a.m. The fire department responded with four fire trucks and a lift. A trauma helicopter is also at the scene.