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.
A 10-year-old boy was attacked by a woman, for no apparent reason, as he was cycling on Acaciastraat in Haarlem on Thursday. The child had to be hospitalized to be treated for his injuries, the police said in a statement on Friday.
The boy and a friend were cycling on Acaciastraat at around 5:30 p.m. when the woman cycled in between them. She kicked the boy, causing him to fall, the police said. As the boy was lying on the ground, the woman kicked his head multiple times and then cycled away.
Two police officers from the Noord-Holland unit were arrested at the police station in Haarlem on Thursday on suspicion of leaking confidential police information to newspaper NRC. One of the two suspected cops is a female police officer who revealed racist abuses at the Hoefkade police station in The Hague and accused a superior of sexual assault, multiple sources told newspaper AD.
A hand grenade being left at the Haarlem city hall on Wednesday shocked mayor Jos Wienen, certainly because the city hall is "a symbol of local democracy and local government", he said in a statement. He called the incident "horrible and unacceptable", Het Parool reports.
Police in Haarlem evacuated the popular Grote Markt area on Wednesday after an apparent hand grenade was left on the stairs at City Hall. The suspicious device was removed by explosives experts, police said just after 5 p.m.
A couple in Haarlem got the fright of their life on Monday when their 4-year-old grandson was nearly abducted while they were shopping at a Vomar supermarket. A strange man picked up the boy at the play corner of the store and tried to walk off with him. His grandfather was luckily nearby and managed to stop it, the boy's grandmother wrote on Facebook.
If millions of euros aren't invested into upgrading railways and stations between Haarlem and Zandvoort, trains will no longer run to big events in Zandvoort like the Formula 1, NS and ProRail indicated according to a letter Haarlem alderman Robert Berkhout sent to the city council. According to a ProRail spokesperson, this is not an ultimatum, just an explanation of the actual situation, RTL Nieuws reports.
Firefighters found the body of a person in a Haarlem apartment after a fire in the flat on Wednesday night, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland confirmed on Twitter. The cause of the fire and the victim's identity are not yet known.
The fire broke out on the second floor of the apartment building on Rudolf Steinerstraat just before 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, according to AD. A spokesperson for the Haarlem fire department told the newspaper that there was an explosion before the fire.
Of the 514 European Medicines Agency (EMA) employees who moved to the Netherlands so far, half decided to live in Amsterdam. 256 of these expats now call Amsterdam home, and 258 opted to live elsewhere in the country, according to figures released by the municipality of Amsterdam.
Over the past years much effort went into luring tourists to Haarlem, but many Haarlem residents now find it the city too crowded. The municipality therefore want to slow down tourism, in an effort to prevent Haarlem becoming as crowded as Amsterdam, NH Nieuws reports.
A 34-year-old linesman was fined 500 euros for assault by the police court in Haarlem. As linesman for Haarlem football club Geel-Wit, the man punched the goalkeeper of football club UNO in the head during a match on March 30th. The goalkeeper lost consciousness and sustained a concussion, NU.nl reports.
Two trains were set on fire at the train station in Haarlem on Monday night. Bottles of combustible material were found on both trains and the police suspect arson.
The first fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. and had already been extinguished when the police arrived, the police said in a statement. The second fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. and was extinguished with the help of the fire department.
Two young women were chatting in Florapark in Haarlem during the early hours of Saturday morning when they were confronted by a naked man. The man suddenly appeared from behind a tree. "At first I thought it was a deer", 22-year-old Romana said to the Telegraaf. But she quickly realized it was a man who "only had shoes on".
Romana and her 23-year-old friend Evelien were chatting in the park at around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday after a night out. They were filming a video for Snapchat when the man suddenly appeared. He took a few steps towards them, but ran off when they screamed.
Dewi de Koster, a 21-year-old man from Haarlem, died after a night out in the popular Spanish party town of Lloret de Mar. The Dutch man was found unconscious in the street with severe head injuries during the early hours of Saturday morning. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Barcelona a few days later. His family is desperate to know what happened, his sister Amy Moison said to the Telegraaf.
The discovery of an explosive, presumably a hand grenade, triggered the evacuation of the Botermarkt in Haarlem on Monday. The square was closed off for several hours while the Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance service removed the explosive to detonate it elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The square was released again at around 11:00 a.m., according to newspaper AD.
The police arrested a 40-year-old woman from Haarlem on Monday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Halil Erol in 2010. Last week the police arrested a 42-year-old man from Meppel in this case. Both suspects were previously in custody for involvement in Erol's murder, but released due to a lack of evidence.
Andre Rieu came to the rescue of a Haarlem brass band for people with mental disabilities. The band lost all their instruments in a theft this week. The world-famous Dutch violinist decided step in and replace all the stolen instruments, RTL Nieuws reports.
The brass band kept their instruments in a trailer. When they arrived at the trailer on Thursday morning, they found that someone had broken in and stolen all their instruments. Together the instruments were valued at around 20 thousand euros.
Dutch football association KNVB suspended a 34-year-old linesman from Haarlem football club Geel-Wit for three years for punching an UNO goalkeeper unconscious in March. The suspension is backdated to April 1st. The man may only again join a football club in 2022, a spokesperson for the KNVB confirmed to NU.nl after reports in Noordhollands Dagblad.
ProRail started doing adjustments to the tracks between Haarlem and Zandvoort, to prepare for the thousands of Formula 1 fans expected to attend the Grand Prix in Zandvoort next year. In the coming year a mountain of work needs to be done, but ProRail expects it to succeed. "We're doing it at F1 speed", the rail manager said in a statement.
Motorists in The Hague face the most delays due to traffic jams in the Netherlands, according to calculations by navigation system maker TomTom. In The Hague, motorists on average have to take 28 percent extra travel time into account, Hart van Nederland reports.
That means that a trip that should take an hour, on average takes Hague motorists an hour and 17 minutes. During evening rush hour, a one-hour ride takes almost 40 minutes longer. In one year, the average motorist in The Hague loses 130 hours in traffic.
Municipalities bordering the large Dutch cities are seeing large population growth, which means that rents in these municipalities are also rising sharply. In the first quarter of this year, free sector rents nationwide increased an average of 4.9 percent compared to a year ago, while some areas around the Randstad saw increases of more than 18 percent, rental broker Pararius said on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
A serval escaped in the Haarlem neighborhood of Meerwijk on Friday. After a weekend of roaming the city, the wild cat was found in an allotment garden in Haarlem on Monday. The local animal ambulance is currently trying to catch the animal, RTL Nieuws reports.
The serval was spotted in the garden on Sunday too, when it was seen "enjoying the spring sun", an employee of Regionale Dierenambulance told the broadcaster. The animal ambulance will install two catch cages and attempt to lure the cat into one of them.
A lack of available primary school teachers forced the Rudolf Steinerschool in Haarlem to put an early end to its Group 7 class on Thursday. The students from the Waldorf-style education program will be redistributed among similar schools in Haarlem, Hillegom, and Hoofddorp, up to 15 kilometers away.
"We've searched all over the country," said Lida Berkhout, the school's deputy director. "From Groningen to Brabant," she told the Volkskrant.
The board of Haarlem football club Geel-Wit expelled a linesman who knocked a goalkeeper from another football club unconscious on Saturday, the club announced on its website. "With this, Geel-Wit clearly indicates that we completely disapprove of aggression, in whatever form, on and off the field", the club said in a short statement.