The Dutch government is pushing over a billion euros into improving accessibility within the Netherlands. Schiphol Station will undergo major renovations for 237 million euros, and a high speed train line will soon link the northern cities of Leeuwarden and Groningen with the rest of the country, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament.
Action group Kick Out Zwarte Piet is planning to protest in twelve different cities in November against the use of blackface makeup and costuming often adorned by white actors portraying Sinterklaas's helper. The activists consider Zwarte Piet in his traditional form a racist stereotype. On Thursday there were protests in Apeldoorn and Deventer calling for Zwarte Piet to remain in the blackface costume seen mainly over the last hundred years, and which some say is adhering to Dutch tradition.
The police offered a reward of 15 thousand euros for information that leads to missing Sumanta Bansi. The 23-year-old University of Amsterdam student disappeared in February last year. The police fear that she fell victim to a crime. She was pregnant at the time of her disappearance, the police revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.
The Justice and Security Inspectorate is launching an investigation into how the police and Public Prosecution Service treat victims of sexual offenses. The Inspectorate will approach 80 victims of rape and sexual assault and hopes to speak to at least 55 of them about how the authorities treated them while handling their cases, NOS reports.
Primary school Het Kompas in Hoorn came up with an emergency plan to counter the growing teacher shortage. The school sent a letter to parents last week, asking them to fill in when teachers are sick so that kids do not have to be sent home, NH Nieuws reports.
This plan was made in preparation for the autumn period and flu season. Earlier this year the school had to send two classes home because no substitute teacher could be found. "We hold our hearts when someone gets sick", Jaap Muurling, director of Het Kompas, said to NH.
Gritters in the summer seem to be an unusual sight, but one that is happening in the Netherlands this week. A number of Dutch municipalities deployed gritters to sprinkle salt against melting asphalt, ANP reports.
Bus drivers faced intimidation during a nationwide regional public transit strike on Wednesday. According to employers association VWOV, drivers who decided to work were faced with striking colleagues taking photos of them and buses buses being blocked at the gate. According to union FNV, it was the other way around and the striking drivers were intimidated, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Noord-Holland police made multiple mistakes in the investigation into a sexual assault case in Hoorn, the Inspectorate for Security and Justice concluded after looking into the investigation. The victim tracked down the man who tried to rape her herself, NU.nl reports.
According to the inspectorate's report, sent to the chief of police on Wednesday, the police's communication with the victim was not proactive enough and unclear, and the police should have acted more quickly.
A 17-year-old boy was caught in the act of sexually abusing a horse in Hoorn on Friday night. He was arrested, the Telegraaf reports.
The boy was caught with the help of a group of concerned horse owners in Hoorn, after several horses were abused in the town over the past two years. In one stable, camera footage caught a man in a hoodie sexually assaulting horses and even a guinea pig in four separate incidents over the past year, according to the newspaper. Horse owners in Wognum and Worner also found their horses abused.
A 28-year-old woman from Hoorn managed to track down a man suspected of violently assaulting and choking her by posing as another woman on a chat site. The suspect, Somali asylum seeker Mohammed M., is now in custody and will appear in court on Friday, the Telegraaf reports.
M. attacked the woman in October last year. The man sexually assaulted and tried to choke the Hoorn woman, according to the newspaper. He also stole her phone before fleeing.
A family heirloom accidentally sold on a King's Day flea market, has been tracked down. The painting is now back with its original owner, NOS reports.
An 11-year-old girl from Blokker sold the painting at a Hoorn flea market with her father for only 5 euros. She had no idea that the painting was precious to her mother. And the father did not know his ex still wanted it, as had been in his attic for some time.
An 11-year-old girl from Blokker in Noord-Holland accidentally sold a very valuable family heirloom at the King's Day flea market in Hoorn. The girl went to the flea market with her father to sell some things and afterwards told her mother that she sold "a painting with a lady on it" for 5 euros, RTV Noord-Holland reports.
A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.
Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.
From today French thriller Elle by director Paul Verhoeven will be showing again in seven cinemas in the Netherlands, distributor Independent Films announced. Cinemas in Haarlem, Den Bosch, Zwolle, Enschede, Amsterdam, Breda and Hoorn all requested a copy of the film after Ell was awarded two Golden Globes, NU.nl reports.
Elle won the Golden Globe for best foreign film and leading lady Isabelle Huppert won for best actress.
The police in Noord-Holland seaixed 1.1 million euros in cash, three banknote counters, three cars and lots of expensive designer clothes in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hoorn last week in a large investigation into a criminal organization engaged in money laundering. Four suspects were arrested, the police said in a statement.
Five paintings stolen from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn in 2005, will soon be back on display in the museum. The paintings are returning from the Ukraine to Hoorn on Friday
Five of the paintings stolen from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn in 2005, will soon be returning to the Netherlands. The Ukraine will hand them over to the Dutch embassy in Kiev and a Dutch expert is traveling to the Ukraine this week to assess their authenticity and condition
Four paintings stolen Dutch paintings that surfaced in the Ukraine late last year, will not be returning to their home in the Westfries Museum yet. The Ukraine employed its own investigative team to identify where the paintings came from
A mother from Hoorn filed a lawsuit against social network Instagram to court in an attempt to find out who created a fake account in her 15-year-old daughter's name. The account is covered in nude and sexually explicit photos. According to the mother, it isn't her daughter on the photos but she is still being bullied about it
The Dutch tax investigation service FIOD raided ten locations in an international fraud investigation involving six Dutch companies on Wednesday, the Public Prosecutor announced.
Several people were injured in an accident involving a bus, two trucks and a car in Hoorn late on Wednesday morning. The accident happened on Provincialeweg
The Ukraine is not taking the investigation into Dutch art seriously stolen from the Westfries museum in 2015 seriously. The art, which was discovered to be in the Ukraine last year, is still being offered for sale, according to EenVandaag. Stolen art hunters Arthur Brand and Alex Omhoff are on the track of an Ukrainian in the Netherlands who they believe payed a key part in this case. They tipped off the police about his whereabouts
The police raided several locations in Hoorn, Zwaag and Oosterblokker on Thursday morning in connection with a "financial investigation". Well-known criminal Nico V. was arrested in one of these raids, the Telegraaf reports based on confidential sources.
Members of the Ukrainian secret service SBU played a role in trying to trade the paintings stolen from the Westfries Museum in 2005, stolen art expert Arthur Brand revealed in the press conference about the stolen paintings in the museum on Monday