Haarlem

Andre Rieu
Jun 14 '19 16:00

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. 

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Jun 12 '19 11:20

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.

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Jun 5 '19 10:08

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.

Jun 4 '19 14:50

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.

Home for rent
Apr 24 '19 15:10

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. 

Serval
Apr 8 '19 13:20

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.

Rudolf Steinerschool in Haarlem
Apr 5 '19 13:55

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. 

Football
Apr 2 '19 11:40

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.

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Apr 2 '19 07:42

The diocese of Haarlem wants priest Pierre Valkering to temporarily lay down his priestly duties. On Sunday the Amsterdam priest came out of the closet during a mass in honor of his 25 year anniversary at the Vredeskerk in the Dutch capital, NOS reports.

Handcuffs
Mar 31 '19 18:22

A football linesman was arrested on Saturday after he knocked a goalkeeper unconscious during a match. The 34-year-old man from Haarlem was one of the officials during a match between Hoofddorp club VV UNO and S.V. Geel-Wit, a team from Haarlem. He was also a player for one of the Haarlem team's squads.

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Mar 22 '19 08:51

A boy was stabbed during a brawl between teenagers on Edward Jennerstraat in Haarlem on Thursday. He was stabbed in the back by another boy. The victim was taken to hospital. He did not sustain life-threatening injuries, the police said to NU.nl.

The brawl happened at around 5:30 p.m. According to the police, around six teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 years were involved. Two boys were arrested.

The police are investigating exactly what happened. 

Police officer at a train station
Mar 22 '19 08:31

A 41-year-old man was arrested for strangling a female conductor on the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem on Thursday. He attacked the conductor after he pulled down his own pants and fondled his genitals, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The man was traveling without a ticket. When the conductor noticed and addressed him on it, he pulled up his shirt, pulled down his pants and started fondling his genitals. The conductor stepped away to call for assistance, but the man grabbed her from behind and started to strangle her.

Haarlem city hall
Mar 14 '19 10:00

The police temporarily cordoned off the Grote Markt in Haarlem on Thursday morning after a suspicious package was found in front of the city hall. Investigation revealed that it was just an empty suitcase, ANP reports.

The suitcase was found on the landing of the city hall, which is located on Grote Markt, early in the morning. Defense's explosive disposal service investigated the suitcase and determined that it contained nothing dangerous. The square was released again at around 8:30 a.m.

The police call on witnesses who saw the suitcase being left there to come forward.

Diamonds
Jan 28 '19 17:30

Several men were convicted on Monday in connection with a 65 million euro diamond heist at Schiphol Airport in 2005. The highest prison sentence handed down was a seven-year term, even though gemstones worth about 40 million euros were never recovered.

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Dec 5 '18 08:53

A man tried to abduct a 2-year-old girl at a market in the Haarlem district of Schalkwijk on Tuesday afternoon. Bystanders overpowered him and rescued the girl, NH Nieuws reports.

The toddler was at the market at Schalkwijk shopping center with her grandparents when a man grabbed her and ran away. Other market visitors saw what happened and went after the man. The perpetrator was overpowered and the girl was returned to her grandparents. She was unharmed, a police spokesperson said to NH Nieuws.

Illegal fireworks found in Vijfhuizen warehouse
Nov 16 '18 12:11

Police in the Noord-Holland town of Vijfhuizen found over 10,000 kilograms of fireworks stashed in a warehouse on Vijfhuizerdijk. Authorities said they were acting on an anonymous tip when they raided the facility.

The haul of illegal, heavy fireworks was so large, police said they needed two separate trucks to carry all of them away. Many of the fireworks were kept in boxes that identified F4-classification devices. Those are fireworks that are designated for professional use only.

Mayoral chain
Nov 6 '18 08:38

31 mayors of larger Dutch cities are calling on the Senate not to remove the appointment of mayors from the Dutch constitution, and to keep the procedure as is. Removing the appointment procedure from the constitution is the first step in enabling an elected mayor. The mayors are worried that this will result in them losing their connecting role as "father or mother for all residents, businesses and institutions", they wrote in an open letter to the Senate, the Volkskrant reports.

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Nov 5 '18 09:40

The number of people who end up in the emergency room after taking too much GHB increased explosively over the past years, doctors at the emergency rooms of hospitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Haarlem, and the Dutch association for emergency medical services NVSHA said to NRC. 

Jos Wienen
Oct 15 '18 08:59

Hundreds of people gathered on the Grote Markt in Haarlem on Sunday to express support for mayor Jos Wienen, who recently went into hiding due to threats. Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations and a number of parliamentarians also attended the manifestation, NOS reports.

"Hands off Jos Wienen", Ollongren said in Haarlem. "The threats to Wienen were so bad that he had to go into hiding. That is unacceptable in a democratic constitutional state."

Haarlem city hall
Oct 12 '18 09:11

Mayor Jos Wienen from Haarlem left his home due to threats made against him. He is now staying at an undisclosed location. "In and of itself troublesome, but we deal with it", he said to regional broadcaster NH.

Haarlem city hall
Oct 2 '18 12:40

Heavily armed police officers are stationed in front of the Haarlem city hall. This is for the security of mayor Jos Wienen, who was threatened, the Public Prosecutor said, according to RTL Nieuws.

"There were reports that there was a threat and that is why we took security measures", the Public Prosecutor said. "This has been happening since the start of September." Extra security measures were also taken at Wienen's home some time ago. 

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Aug 1 '18 10:20

A virtual reality installation at Amsterdam Central Station is intended to lure tourists to attractions outside the Dutch capital and thereby spread tourism throughout the country. The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam, is the message, Het Parool reports.

Terrace
Jul 20 '18 11:30

A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Like last year, Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.

The Haarlem alpaca was named "Teddy" by police
Jan 4 '18 12:51

An investigation into an alpaca found wandering the streets of Haarlem late Tuesday night is ongoing, but authorities have asked the public to stop calling them with requests to take the animal off their hands and provide it foster care. After the Haarlem police's tweet asking for tips or information regarding the alpaca, which has since been named "Teddy," police said they received so many calls from citizens wanting to adopt the animal they were forced to post another message asking the public to stop

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