Groningen

A 21-year-old student is permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a random shooting on Korreweg in Groningen, 15 Oct 2017
Nov 7 '17 09:08

On Monday a SWAT team of the Groningen police arrested a man suspected of shooting a 21-year-old student in the city, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. 20-year-old Azim A. was arrested in a home on Duindoornstraat in Groningen, the police announced.

Two other people, who were in the home with A., were also arrested. The police are investigating whether they were involved in the shooting.

Holding hands
Nov 6 '17 14:30

Last year the biggest proportion of Dutch couples consisted of two highly educated people, instead of one highly educated person and one less educated person as was the case in 2006, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. According to the stats office, this can be attributed to the fact that more people in the Netherlands achieve at least a bachelors degree.

Nov 6 '17 07:49

Two potato barns on Molenweg in the Groningen town of Westeremden were destroyed in a large fire during the early hours of Monday morning. Asbestos was released in the fire, according to the Groningen fire department. 

The larger pieces of asbestos settled in the immediate vicinity of the farm on which the fire raged, but it is possible that smaller pieces spread further. The fire brigade will inform local residents about what to do if they find asbestos around their home on Monday morning, according to RTV Noord. 

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Nov 2 '17 08:39

Missing 12-year-old Emily from Grootegast was found alive in a home in The Hague, the girl's father said on Facebook. The girl is back home and is in good health, the police said to newspaper AD.

Emily was found in the company of a man. The police are investigating what role he played in her disappearance. 

The police will talk to Emily later to find out exactly what happened. 

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Nov 2 '17 07:21

The police are searching for 12-year-old Emily Meijer from the Groningen village of Grootegast, who went missing on Tuesday afternoon. The police believe she may be in the company of an "unidentified man" and are very concerned about her wellbeing, AD reports. The girl's father posted her photo on Facebook, calling for information about her whereabouts. The post was shared over 84 thousand times.

Oct 27 '17 08:50

A SWAT team raided a home on Antillenstraat in Groningen on Thursday night in the search for . He is suspected of leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
Oct 26 '17 12:50

Groningen residents and environmental group Milieudefensie dumped a pile of rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague on Thursday morning. The rubble comes from monumental farms that were damaged by earthquakes caused by gas extraction in the province.

A 21-year-old student is permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a random shooting on Korreweg in Groningen, 15 Oct 2017
Oct 25 '17 15:30

The police received 21 tips about 20-year-old Azim Aynaci, suspected of shooting a 21-year-old student in Groningen, since his on Opsporing Verzocht on Sunday, the Groningen police said on Twitter. As yet, he hasn't turned himself in.

Oct 25 '17 08:59

The police released the name and photo of a 20-year-old man wanted for a shooting in Groningen that left a 21-year-old student paralyzed from the waist down. Two other suspects are already in custody.

The police gave the third suspect an ultimatum - if he does not turn himself in before the broadcast of Opsoring Verzocht on Tuesday night, the police will release his name and photo. The suspect did not turn himself in, so the police went through with their threat.

"Who knows where this man, 20-year-old Azim Aynaci, stays?" the police ask on their website. 

A police officer aiming his service weapon
Oct 25 '17 08:39

The police fired shots on the Grote Markt in Groningen on Wednesday morning after a man with a firearm drew their attention. This happened while the police were trying to break up a fight. No one was injured, NU.nl reports.

At this stage it seems that the fight and the armed man are separate incidents, according to the police. The officers were busy breaking up the fight when they noticed the man with the firearm. The suspects involved in the fight and the armed man were all arrested.

The police are investigating. 

earthquake
Oct 18 '17 09:21

Too little attention is paid to children and young people in the Groningen earthquake zone, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer said in a new study published on Wednesday. The study found that some of the 30 thousand kids and young people living in the area affected by gas extraction earthquakes, struggle to deal with the earthquakes and their consequences, AD reports.

A 21-year-old student is permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a random shooting on Korreweg in Groningen, 15 Oct 2017
Oct 18 '17 07:30

A 21-year-old student was shot "out of nowhere" in Groningen over the weekend, the police revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. He was seriously injured and will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.

The victim was shot on Korreweg around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. He was cycling when he was surrounded by three men. One of them fired a shot. The victim was hit, but managed to run away. As he fled, more shots were fired at him. The police believe that the young man was coincidentally involved in the incident - that he was a random victim.

A freighter stuck under a brand new bridge in Zuidhorn, Groningen, 17 Oct 2017
Oct 17 '17 14:00

A freighter got stuck under a brand new bridge in the Groningen town of Noordhorn on Tuesday morning. The bridge is only 43 days old. No one was injured, AD reports.

The cargo ship was too tall to pass underneath the bridge. It came halfway through before it got stuck. Initially it was thought that a fire broke out on the ship, but this turned out not to be the case. The freighter will be pulled free this afternoon. The extent of damage to the new bridge is not yet clear.

Crime scene tape
Oct 16 '17 13:30

A 23-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter were found murdered in their home in Haren, Groningen on Saturday. The victim's 1-year-old baby was also in the home on Jufferpad, but was unharmed, ANP reports.

The police believe the murders had to do with relationship problems. A 20-year-old man from Glimmen was arrested. How he is related to the woman and children, was not revealed. The suspect was questioned several times.

According to the news wire, the suspect and victims originally came from East Africa. They had temporary residency permits for the Netherlands. 

An Alstom Coradia iLint in Berlin, Sept 2016
Oct 12 '17 10:00

The provinces of Friesland and Groningen, with rail manager ProRail, plan to start testing a train running on hydrogen next year. The provinces hope that hydrogen will prove to be a cheap and sustainable alternative to the diesel trains currently running between Leeuwarden and Groningen, the Volkskrant reports.

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Oct 11 '17 09:23

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.

Parents and kids line up outside a screening of The Little Vampire 3D during a primary school teacher strike, 5 Oct 2017
Oct 5 '17 09:35

With 90 percent on today, many parents are left wondering what to do with their kids. Thanks to activities arranged by museums, theaters, sport schools and organizations across the country, there is a multitude of options.

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Oct 2 '17 08:05

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.

Reining Transport
Sep 25 '17 14:20

Dutch transport company Reining Transport decided to stop all trips to England due to stowaways. According to the company, people trying to sneak onto trucks at Calais are becoming increasing aggressive, and drivers are no longer safe, the Telegraaf reports.

According to Reining director Gerrit Hes, his drivers are threatened with sticks and stones. "I'm not waiting for the first death or serious injury", he said to the Telegraaf, referring to a Polish trucker being killed in a crash caused by undocumented migrants in Ethiopia over the summer. They blocked the road with logs. 

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Sep 22 '17 08:18

An exceptionally bright fireball was spotted in the skies all across the Netherlands on Thursday night. Dozens of people in the Netherlands as well as Belgium reported seeing the bright streak of light around 9:00 p.m. It was very likely a meteor, though that can not be said with absolute certainty yet, Felix Bettonvil of Leiden Observatory said to AD.

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Sep 21 '17 09:37

The United Nationsdaption (GCECA) that is opening in the Netherlands, will be based in Rotterdam and Groningen, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced. The two cities' joint application had the most convincing plan, she said, according to NOS. 

King Willem-Alexander giving the 2016 Christmas speech
Sep 19 '17 14:49

On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands' parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.

Wind sock
Sep 12 '17 08:29

The Netherlands' coastal provinces will face the season's first official autumn storm on Wednesday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The KNMI warns of wind gusts on the coast and the IJsselmeer of up to 90 kilometers per hour. Weerplaza forecasts winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour on the Wadden.

The Martini Church in Groningen
Sep 11 '17 17:10

A total of 950 thousand people visited a monument on Open Monument Day over the weekend, somewhat less than last year. According to the organizers, this can be attributed to the rainy weather, NOS reports.

For Open Monument Day, over 4 thousand monuments that are usually closed to the public, were open for visitors free of charge. Major attractions included the Martini Church in Groningen, the Cereol factory in Utrecht and the Ridderzaal in The Hague.

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