Buyers of newly built homes in the Netherlands can no longer assume that they will have space to park their cars. Most municipalities currently still guarantee 1 to 1.8 parking spaces per new home, but an increasing number of cities are lowering their parking standards, according to an inventory by newspaper AD.
Authorities responding to a woman's reported assault in a home in Paterswolde found themselves on the defensive when a man opened fire on the investigating officers, police said. One fired back at the suspect, and eventually police managed to corner and arrest the 27-year-old into custody.
Miraculously, there were no injuries reported in the case.
Dense, often extremely thick fog was cutting visibility in the northern Netherlands below ten meters, prompting the country's meteorologists to issue a Code Red weather alert. The red alert, the most extreme issued by weather agency KNMI, was issued just before 11:30 p.m. for the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland, with no predicted end to the alarm.
Police in 30 different Dutch municipalities failed to apprehend a suspect in a single burglary reported in their jurisdictions in the past three years. There were over two thousand break-ins reported in those towns and villages between May 2016 and May 2019, all of which went unsolved, a data analysis from RTL Nieuws showed.
The police in Amersfoort arrested three protesters on Wednesday for throwing fireworks at motorcycle police officers. Two of the three officers involved had to be hospitalized with hearing problems. A fourth protester was arrested for hindering an ambulance, the police said.
The fireworks incident in Amersfoort happened at around 6:00 p.m. on Oude Lageweg. The officers were guiding protesting farmers and construction workers when fireworks were thrown at them from a passing van. The police immediately intervened and arrested three people from Amersfoort.
A two-year long experiment with running a night train from Rotterdam Central Station to Groningen after Friday night draws to a close attracted enough passengers to be considered a success, according to NS. The rail company will add this train to the timetable for the coming two years, RTV Noord reports.
The train departs from Rotterdam Central Station at just after midnight, pulling out of the station at 12:05 a.m. on Saturdays. It then runs via Utrecht, Zwolle and Assen to Groningen, where it arrives just before 3:00 a.m.
While student associations like Vindicat in Groningen made agreements to reduce excessive alcohol use among its members, doing so in practice will prove to be difficult. Because student associations are financially rewarded by beer breweries and other alcohol providers for selling more alcohol to their members, RTV Noord reports based on its own research.
Both men and women in the Netherlands have grown heavier and slightly taller since 1981, according to Statistics Netherlands' health survey. Between 1981 and 2018, men on average grew 3.8 centimeters taller and 9 kilograms heavier, while women grew 1.5 centimeters taller and 7 kilograms heavier.
That means that men are now an average of 2.3 kilograms heavier per centimeter of body height, and women 4.7 kilograms. According to the stats office, women became "fairly considerably" heavier in the periods 1990 to 2000 and 2010 to 2019, while their height hardly changed.
The Dutch government is pushing over a billion euros into improving accessibility within the Netherlands. Schiphol Station will undergo major renovations for 237 million euros, and a high speed train line will soon link the northern cities of Leeuwarden and Groningen with the rest of the country, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament.
In the past three years there were over 60 thousand traffic accidents at intersections in the Netherlands. A total of 476 of these accidents proved fatal, and people were injured in nearly 16 thousand accidents, reports RTL Nieuws. The broadcaster conducted its own analysis of police and Rijkswaterstaat data of over 250 thousand road accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The vast majority of Dutch municipalities are staying out of the discussion around the appearance of Zwarte Piet at the Sinterklaas arrival parties in their cities. Only a small number set conditions regarding the controversial character in the Sinterklaas tradition, NOS reports after speaking to the 120 largest municipalities in the Netherlands, three quarters of which responded to the broadcaster's questions.
The government can solve the nitrogen emission problem by making public transit a more attractive option with a massive investment, according to NS and ProRail. The rail manager and -company propose that the government invest over 20.6 billion euros in the railways until 2040, for dozens of improvements, AD reports.
The organizations want to shorten the travel time from Leeuwarden and Groningen to the Randstad by making adjustments to the Hanze line, for example. Train journeys from Twente, Nijmegen and Vlissingen can also be up to 30 minutes faster with specific adjustments
Action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet is planning to protest in twelve different cities in November against the use of blackface makeup and costuming often adorned by white actors portraying Sinterklaas's helper. The activists consider Zwarte Piet in his traditional form a racist stereotype. On Thursday there were protests in Apeldoorn and Deventer calling for Zwarte Piet to remain in the blackface costume seen mainly over the last hundred years, and which some say is adhering to Dutch tradition.
Ergun S., the man suspected of killing cleaners Gina and Marinus in the Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, stalked his ex-girlfriend for years, she said to newspaper AD. She reported him to the police multiple times. "But the police always say that they are only texts, that they cannot prove that he is really after me", she said.
The police received over 200 tips regarding the murders of couple Gina (55) and Marinus (56) at a Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, the police said on Twitter. Suspect Ergun S. has psychological problems and his family was working on getting him admitted to a mental health clinic, his sister said to newspaper AD.
The 33-year-old man wanted in connection with a double homicide at a Groningen movie theater on Saturday was arrested at a gas station along the Hoendiep on the city's west side Sunday morning. Gunshots were fired during the arrest, police said, and the suspect, Ergün S. was injured.
The two people found dead at a Pathé movie theater in Groningen were a married couple in their fifties. Gina and Marinus were working for a cleaning company contracted for janitorial services at the movie theater and may have stumbled upon a burglary attempt, a relative of the victims told newspaper AD.
Authorities identified Ergün S., 33, as their prime suspect after two dead bodies were found at a Pathé movie theater in Groningen. S. is suspected of killing both people, police said.
The two people killed reportedly worked for the cleaning company operating at the theater, according to unnamed sources speaking to several newspapers. Police did not confirm the victims' identities pending family notification.
PVV senator Marjolein Faber responded to her tweet in which she unjustly said that the media was withholding the "North African appearance" of the perpetrator in a Groningen stabbing two weeks ago. She called it "awkward", but still hasn't removed the tweet from Twitter.
"Since I never reveal my source, I should have taken this into account before posting this tweet. With this in mind, I should not have sent the tweet. Was awkward", she said on Twitter on Monday night.
PVV Senator Marjolein Faber is under fire over a tweet in which she suggested that the media deliberately withheld the "North African" ethnicity of a man suspected of stabbing three people at a Groningen terrace last week. Days after two of the three victims refuted this claim, describing the suspect as having pale skin and gray hair, the populist politician's tweet is still online.
Three people sustained minor injuries in a stabbing on a terrace on Grote Markt in Groningen on Wednesday evening. A 67-year-old Groningen man was arrested and a weapon was confiscated, the Groningen police said the following morning.
Several ambulances were deployed to the scene when the police received a report of a stabbing with multiple victims. The police later confirmed that the three victims sustained only minor injuries, including two "bystanders who tried to overpower the suspect."
In August last year, gas extraction company NAM threatened to stop extracting gas in Groningen prematurely if the liability for damages caused by gas extraction in the province is not shifted away from the company, RTV Noord reports based on a secret report on a meeting between NAM director Thijs Jurgens, officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, and representatives of the National Coordinator for Groningen.
A young woman from Winschoten in the province of Groningen took her own life a week and a half ago after she tried and failed three times to reach the suicide prevention hotline 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. She called the number 1-1-3, as her psychologist told her, but that number does not exist. The actual number for the suicide prevention hotline is paid number 0900-0113, which costs five cents per minute.
Large and medium-sized cities in the Netherlands will face a total budget shortage of around 500 million euros in the next four years, according to the G40, a network of the Netherlands' 40 largest municipalities. Cuts to public facilities are inevitable, Paul Depla, mayor of Breda and chairman of the G40, said to newspaper AD.