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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 w
A stray alpaca was picked up by police working in the historic center of Haarlem late Tuesday night. The animal was captured before a severe wind storm hit the Netherlands, and it was determined to be in good condition.
"This sweet Alpaca was found last night in the center of Haarlem. Who can give us information about where this animal belongs?" police said on Twitter.
There were fewer incidents in Amsterdam over New Year's 2016-2017 compared to the previous year. Amsterdam counted a total of 255 incidents involving fireworks, vandalism, arson or abuse during the previous turning of the year. That amounts to 3 incidents per 10,000 inhabitants, compared to 3.6 during the 2015-2016 New Year's celebrations, Het Parool reports based on figures LocalFocus got from the police.
Former State Secretary Security and Justice Fred Teeven is working part time as a bus driver for Connexxion, the public transit company confirmed to NU.nl.
"I do driver work part-time and have just finished my introductory course", Teeven said to the Telegraaf on Thursday. "I always wanted to be an international truck driver, but when the chance arose to sit on the bus for a day and a half a week in my own region, I immediately became enthusiastic."
A graffiti artist tagged 17 NS trains while they were parked in Haarlem over the past months, causing over 400 thousand euros in damages. The police posted photos of his work online, calling on the tagger to come forward. If he does not do so by November 1st, the police will publish surveillance camera footage of him, the National Unit Noordwest said on Facebook.
A woman was injured by an explosion in her Haarlem home on Thursday night. The police are investigating the cause of the explosion, AD reports.
The woman's two children were also at home during the explosion. They were not injured, but were taken to hospital with their mother to be checked over, according to the police. The extent of the woman's injuries is unclear.
The explosion happened in a home on Edward Jennerstraat. The windows on the front of the home were blown out.
Over a quarter of homes sold in the second quarter of this year, were sold for or above the asking price, according to a study by Calcasa. This combined with skyrocketing housing prices, and an increase in house sales, indicates that the housing market in the Netherlands is overheating, the company, which is focused on automated valuation and statistical analysis of real estate, concluded, NU.nl reports.
An as yet unidentified man was found severely injured on a business premises in Haarlem on Wednesday evening. He was rushed to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, ANP reports.
The man was conscious and able to speak to the police when they found him on Palletweg. One suspect was arrested for this shooting, more arrests may follow.
According to social media posts, multiple ambulances and a helicopter responded to the shooting. The responding police officers were wearing bulletproof vests, according to the news wire.
Despite Amsterdam's reputation as the world's bicycle city, cars are still king in the Dutch capital, according to a study done by Geodan on behalf of environmental organization Milieudefensie. Motorists take up about 48 percent of Amsterdam's space, while cyclists make do with only 11 percent.
Part of the A9 highway is closed between the junction Raasdorp en Haarlem Zuid on Wednesday morning due to a fire. The fire broke out in a storage unit near Polderbaan on Schiphol, NOS reports.
Large clouds of smoke could be seen coming from the building on Schipholweg. Schipholweg and part of the A9 were closed and a lower speed limit is in effect for the highway. Air traffic is not hindered by the fire. But motorists should take into account that it may take longer than usual to reach the airport this morning.
In an effort to accompany the increasing number of expats settling in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is improving access to international education. Three new international schools are opening in te Amsterdam area before the start of the new school year in September, and a number of existing schools are expanding, IN Amsterdam announced in a press release.
An apartment building on Edward Jennerstraat in Haarlem was evacuated and the surrounding streets closed for several hours on Wednesday after the police found explosives in one of the flats in the building, the police said in a statement.
Thunderstorms that pulled across the Netherlands on Thursday night caused a number of problems. Lighting strikes resulted in fires in several places, as well as some disruptions to train traffic. Rock band Bløf's concert had to be paused for around 20 minutes due to the weather, NOS reports.
Fires in Tilburg, Zwijndrecht, Weesp, Wijk bij Duurstede and Naarden are all believed to be caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is also believed to be behind a big fire in a pig company in Heeswijk-Dinther, according to Omroep Brabant. Two barns burnt down, killing around 4 thousand sows.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested six Dutch persons in May and June after taking down an online shop for drugs. The six are suspected of running the online store, the Marechaussee said on Facebook on Tuesday.
The suspects ran the drug shop on the dark web. Drugs were sent to customers through regular parcel services, disguised as packages from other online stores.
The suspects come from Haarlem, Lelystad and Hilversum. They are between the ages of 21 and 55 years, according to the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military.