Hilversum

Candle
May 30 '19 15:00

For the second consecutive evening, a large crowd gathered to commemorate 15-year-old Marwan Benkodad on Wednesday. The teenager died in his home on Monday in an apparent suicide. He had been bullied by his classmates, NOS reports.

Brandweer
Apr 24 '19 08:26

A fire truck responding to a wildfire between Baarn and Hilversum, crashed in Baarn on Tuesday. The fire truck collided with a passenger car and landed on its side. A total of five people were hurt, RTL Nieuws reports.

There were two people in the passenger car, and four firefighters in the truck. All four firefighters were taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the broadcaster. One of the people in the passenger car was unhurt, the other was also taken to hospital by ambulance.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
Apr 8 '19 18:28

Two people were rescued in Hilversum after their ultralight plane crashed into a tree on Monday. The plane wedged into the tree about ten meters off the ground, leading to an emergency services response at about 12:50 p.m.

1280px-Bombeta_de_Llum
Mar 22 '19 11:00

Tens of thousands of homes in the Gooi region were without power for a short period on Friday morning. The power outage was resolved at around 9:45 a.m., though it may still take some time before power is restored everywhere, according to grid manager TenneT.

The power outage affected Hilversum, Huizen, Bussum, Naarden, Blaricum, Laren and surrounds, NU.nl reports. A number of broadcasters, including RTL, NOS and Radio 538, also had to run on generators for a time.

Flash drive
Jan 23 '19 11:00

A flash drive was discovered on the grave of a 22-year-old woman from Maastricht who was found murdered in a villa in Hilversum in July last year. The USB stick contains a text document in which an as yet unidentified writer claims that suspect Kelvin M. could not possibly have acted in self defense, as he claims, 1Limburg reports.

Pieter Broertjes
Dec 14 '18 08:28

At a Hilversum city council meeting mayor Pieter Broertjes made a joke referring to children's song from the 1860's "Ten Little Niggers". The remark led to furious reactions on social media, with many accusing the Hilversum mayor of racism.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '18 07:32

At least 13 large municipalities and a number of smaller ones will be experimenting with voluntary firework-free zones this New Year's, the Volkskrant reports after speaking with the 44 largest municipalities in the Netherlands.

The municipality provides signboards for such firework-free zones, but not enforcements. Local residents can apply for a firework-free zone, and it is up to them to enforce it. The mayors hope to reduce fireworks nuisance without incurring high costs in this way, according to the newspaper.

Anti-Zwarte Piet activists block footbridge to Mediapark in Hilversum, 12 Nov 2018
Nov 12 '18 10:20

A group of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters occupied a footbridge to the Mediapark in Hilversum on Monday morning. They call on broadcaster NTR to use only so-called Chimney Pieten with soot marks on their faces in the Sinterklaasjournaal, instead of Pieten with completely black faces, NU.nl reports.

Jul 24 '18 14:00

A Rotterdam man arrested last week for suspected involvement in the death of a 22-year-old woman in Hilversum, jumped in front of a car on the A27 three days before the woman's body was found. He was injured. It is not clear whether the woman was already dead at that time, ANP reports.

Jul 19 '18 11:30

Liander seriously endangered a number of firefighters during a fire in a transformer house along the rails in Hilversum on Saturday, according to mayor Pieter Broertjes. The energy supplier stated that the power was shut down remotely, but when the fire brigade started extinguishing the fire, the building was still under high voltage, the mayor wrote in a letter to the Hilversum city council, NOS reports.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jul 17 '18 10:50

The police arrested a man on Monday suspected of involvement in the death of a 22-year-old woman in Hilversum last week. The young woman was found dead in a villa on Waldecklaan on July 9th. 

No further details were revealed about the suspect, as he is in restricted custody. This means that he is only allowed contact with his lawyer and the authorities.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jul 10 '18 08:47

A woman was found dead in a villa in Hilversum on Monday. Police officers responded to the villa after a report of a suspicious situation. The police are investigating whether the woman was killed in a crime, NOS reports.

So far nothing is known about the victim's identity, age or how she died. Forensic investigators and officers with sniffer dogs were spotted in and around the home on Waldecklaan on Monday.

Police guard in a detention center
Apr 2 '18 11:50

The police arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of Reduan Bakkali, brother of key witness Nabil Bakkali, in Amsterdam on Thursday. The main suspect was arrested on Friday night, the other two on Saturday morning, the police said in a statement. 

An Amsterdam ballot for the municipal elections, 21 March 2018
Mar 29 '18 10:50

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. 

Pieter Broertjes
Feb 27 '18 07:37

The organizers of the commemoration of the February Strike in Hilversum refused to let five media organizations attend the commemoration on Monday afternoon. An email signed by organizer Arthur Graaff stated that these "non-journalistic propaganda organizations" are not welcome at the commemoration. Hilversum mayor Pieter Broertjes also did not attend in protest, NOS reports.

Jan 16 '18 09:59

The Koninklijke Marechaussee is calling for more supervision and security at small airports in the Netherlands, Trouw reports. The lack of supervision at the 11 smaller airports in the country makes them vulnerable to drug- and human trafficking, according to the newspaper.

The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security.

Youness Ouaali
Dec 28 '17 12:00

Subversive vlogger Youness Ouaali survived an attempted assassination in Hilversum on Christmas, he reported to the police. "I looked down the barrel of a pistol", he said to newspaper AD. The police are looking for witnesses.

Train passengers waiting in Amsterdam NS lounge
Dec 11 '17 20:18

All train traffic to and from both Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal was halted Monday evening as snow continuously fell upon the region beginning just after noon. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport, according to local broadcaster AT5. Large lines formed at the taxi rank there, while wait times for Uber vehicles was in the double digits.

The airport was setting up cots for people forced to sleep at the airport, broadcaster NOS reported.

De Zwaluwenberg in Hilversum
Aug 23 '17 09:12

The negotiations on forming a new Dutch government will happen outside The Hague on Thursday and Friday. The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie will be meeting on De Zwaluwenberg in Hilversum, the workplace of the Inspector General of the Armed Forces, for those two days, NOS reports.

Media Park in Hilversum
Aug 21 '17 10:40

A man arrested for holding a woman hostage at the Media Park in Hilversum on Thursday suffers from psychiatric problems, the Public Prosecutor confirmed. The 33-year-old man form The Hague told the authorities that he wanted screen time to express his views. He acted alone, the Prosecutor said, according to NOS.

Media Park in Hilversum
Aug 17 '17 15:50

Employees of the Netherlands national public broadcasting organization NPO are properly shaken up by a hostage situation in the building of NPO 3FM in the Hilversum Media Park on Thursday morning, Shula Rijxman of the board of directors said.

"We are therefore particularly relieved that the calamity is behind us and that our colleague is unharmed. For now, our care and compassion goes out to our colleague and those directly involved" Rijxman said, according to RTL Nieuws. 

Dutch police Arrest team
Aug 17 '17 10:32

The police arrested a man at the NPO 3FM building in the Hilversum Media Park premises around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday after he held a woman hostage there for an hour and a half. The woman is unharmed and is receiving victim assistance, the police said, NU.nl reports.

The police have thus far refused comment about the suspect's identity and motives. According to the police, he threatened a woman in the parking lot in front of the building with a knife. He then forced her into the building and held her captive, authorities allege.

teacher
Jul 28 '17 09:32

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. 

Royal military Police Vehicle
Jun 27 '17 16:55

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.

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