Despite public street lighting and illuminated advertising, many Dutch cities are getting darker, according to a study of the 54 largest cities in the Netherlands by Natuur- en Milieufederaties. The environmental federations call this a "turning point" for light pollution in the country. The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries in the world, AD reports.
The area around the Abe Lenstra Stadium in Heerenveen was closed down on Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat directed at football club SC Heerenveen, the police said. The police are at the scene with sniffer dogs.
"It was a serious report, which is why we are investigating", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. "We haven't found anything yet, that can take some time." The police are searching a large area. The spokesperson could not say where the threat came from.
After the municipal elections, the proportion of woman in the city councils of the Netherlands' 70 largest municipalities increased from 28 percent to 34 percent, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.
Some municipalities, like Amsterdam and Heerhugowaard, now have an equal number of male and female councilors. In Heerenveen and Waddinxveen the municipal councils now consist of more women than men. Utrecht, Hilversum and Nieuwegein are very close to having the same number of women as men on the council.
Some 18 suspects were identified during a criminal investigation into the unauthorized highway shutdown meant to stop protestors from marching against Zwarte Piet last November. Police notified the suspects that they are wanted for questioning, the public prosecutor's office announced on Monday.
Buses filled with Zwarte Piet protestors were stopped by a group of about 35 white people stationed on the A7 highway outside Heerenveen, Friesland on Saturday. The protesters were on their way to the official Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum about 50 kilometers away, where they had approval from city officials to march against the character.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the murders of a couple in Katlijk, Friesland. The bodies of a 63-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman were found in a home on Schoterlandseweg on Tuesday. They were the arrested boy's parents, the police announced.
The police found two people dead in a home on Schoterlandseweg in Katlijk, Friesland on Tuesday morning. The cause of the victims' death is under investigation, the Telegraaf reports.
Emergency services responded to the home around 11:00 a.m.
The area around the home is closed down with crime scene tape and the police are investigating.
Katlijk forms part of the municipality of Heerenveen.
Two men who were stabbed in their home in Heerenveen on Tuesday night are father and son. The 60-year-old father was killed, and his 29-year-old son was injured and rushed to the hospital, NU.nl reports.
One man was killed and two others were hurt in a stabbing in a home on Woudsterweg in Heerenveen on Tuesday night. One of the injured men is the suspected perpetrator, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 60-year-old man was killed, and a 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. According to the police, they are the residents of the home in which the stabbing happened.
As the suspect in the shooting of businessman Bert Jonker at ice rink Thialf in Heerenveen early this month still has not been found, the police and judiciary decided to release his identity. They hope that suspect Charles Reinier vn der Wouden will either turn himself in or that information from the public will help locate him.
The former director of a bankrupt family business in Rijswijk is the main suspect in a shooting at the Thialf ice skating stadium in Heerenveen on Saturday. Businessman Bert Jonker was injured in the shooting. Jonker's company picked up the bankrupt estate of the main suspect's company in 2015, the Volkskrant reports.
Skater Sven Kramer took the European all-round title on Sunday. This is the ninth individual victory for the three-time Olympic champion this winter, NU.nl reports.
"This is one of my best", Kramer said on Sunday. "The great atmosphere, every day packed grandstands in the new Thialf, it was a fantastic skating weekend."
Bert Jonker, director of engineering company Clafis, and his family are in hiding after Jonker was the victim of a shooting in Heerenveen on Saturday. Jonker was shot in the hand in the parking lot of the Thialf skating stadium.
The decision to move Jonker and his family to a secret address was made because the suspected gunman in the shooting is still at large, NU.nl reports. The police call on him to turn himself in.
A massive 371 of the 393 municipalities in the Netherlands still hae money left in the budget they received from the state for home care and youth care last year, officials newspaper Binnenlands Bestuur reports based on its own research.
According to the newspaper, a number of municipalities including Oosterhout, Heerenveen and Dongeradeel did not spend about 30 percent of their care budget. In euros, Breda had the most money left - about 38 million euros of the 160 million euros that the government put into the municipal fund.
The police shot a man in his leg in a parking lot on Van Kleffenslaan in Heereveen on Thursday after he threatened bystanders with a knife, a police spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
According to the spokesperson, the man refused to follow officers' instructions, even after several warning shots were fired. He was then shot in the leg.
The man was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment. He is not in any life-threatening danger.
Why the man was threatening bystanders with a knife is unclear.
The Noord-Nederland police received multiple calls from people who believe they've seen three former members of German leftist terrorist group RAF in and around Heereveen
The police had to halt a car chase in Friesland on Saturday night due to the fact that it put other road users in danger. The car the officers chased drove more than 200 kilometers per hour for long stretches, according to the police.
Seven people were arrested by Sunday morning after a group of likely Feyenoord fans showed up outside the home of team midfielder Marko Vejinovic and shouted death threats at him. One of those arrested already confessed, , according to De Telegraaf.
A wild police car chase through Friesland led to the arrest of three suspects on Sunday night. The suspects were driving a car that was stolen in Heerenveen the night before.
Dutch software platform AppMachine received a 15.2 million US dollar investment from one of the largest online services providers, Endurance International Group. The investor receives 40 percent of the Heerenveen, Friesland firm's shares in the deal with Endurance having the option to increase share ownership over time, they announced on Tuesday.
Heereveen suffered a net loss of 4.2 million euros over the season 2013/2014, according to its annual report which was published on Wednesday.
According to Binnelands Bestuur, 16 municipalities will be under preventative financial supervision of the provinces next year. That is 7 more than in 2014.
Almost half of the football clubs in the premier league and almost all the clubs in the Jupiler League does not want a prohibition on playing on artificial turf in the premier league.
Breda football club NAC has a new sponsor in Europe's biggest online sex shop, Pabo. The business has signed a year contract with NAC, and will be campaigning extensively, starting with advertisements along the field, Omroep Brabant reports.