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.
A 6-year-old girl from Kampen passed away on Sunday after she was seriously injured in an accident with a lawnmower last week, mayor Bort Koelewijn confirmed. According to the mayor, the girl's family were called to the hospital on Sunday. He received news of her passing on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports.
"Our hearts are full of sadness", Koelewijn said. "It is a huge blow for the family and those directly involved, but also for all the doctors who fought to the end."
A body was found in the water near Concertlaan at the edge of a residential neighborhood in Kampen on Thursday morning, the police said on Twitter. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful.
The police received a report of a person in the water near Concertlaan in Kampen-Zuid at around 5:00 a.m., according to De Stentor. Officers and the fire department responded to the scene. The person was taken out of the water, and emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim. But it was to no avail.
The victim's identity and cause of death are being investigated.
A 19-year-old asylum seeker from Dronten drowned in Kampen on Thursday. He disappeared while swimming in the IJssel at around 3:00 p.m. His body was found later in the evening, NU.nl reports.
The young man was swimming with friends. When he was about 20 meters away from the quay, he disappeared underwater and did not come back up. A massive search was launched, involving several emergency services. After a few hours of fruitless searching, a dreg team from Urk was called in to help.
Some 134 people responded to a call for emergency volunteers in Kampereiland where two water boards said sandbags were needed to reinforce flood protection in the area. The volunteers filled 10 thousand sandbags in a matter of hours, and placed the bags around the dykes there by 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday.
"We have practiced before, but there's more to it when it's for real," one volunteer told RTV Oost. "Compliments go to everyone who helped!" the volunteer said, noting that the conditions were wet, muddy, and generally unpleasant.
By acting quickly, a conductor on a Keolis Nederland train between Zwolle and Kampen prevented a ticket-less rider from killing himself on Wednesday night. The man was taken in by the police, AD reports.
Two conductors discovered that the man did not have a ticket to be on the train just before 8:00 p.m. When they told him the police would be called, he said something along the lines of "go ahead and kill me", witness Robbert-Jan Plaizier said to the newspaper.
The province of Overijssel is investigating whether ProRail can be held liable for mistakes made in the construction of a renewed railway between Kampen and Zwolle, the Telegraaf reports. The rail manager announced on Thursday that the foundation under the railway is not stable enough to handle the fast electric trains intended to use the line.
Errors were made in the construction of rail lines near Kampen - the foundation is not stable enough for the fast electric trains intended to use the line. As a result, the planned opening of the new Zwolle Stadshagen train station on Sunday, has been postponed, ProRail announced according to RTL Nieuws.
An asylum seeker living in the Netherlands was convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 17-year-old girl in Kampen, a panel of judges in Zwolle, Overijssel ruled on Thursday. The Sudanese-born man, Samuel T., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack in the early morning hours of September 4, 2016. During the trial, T., 33, said he would accept any punishment and was not planning an appeal.
Samuel T., suspected of raping a 17-year-old-girl in Kampen last year, confessed to the rape, but denies trying to kill her. "I have no words to explain how I feel. I have completely ruined her future", the 33-year-old suspect said in court on Thursday, De Stentor reports.
Musician Nathan Dillen was give a 380 euro fine for making music on a train from Amsterdam to his hometown of Kampen on Friday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The musician was heading home on the train with his brother when some fellow travelers asked if he would play them something on his clarinet. He did so with pleasure and, according to a friend on Facebook, the other passengers seemed to appreciate the music.
Dead ducks found in two places in Overijssel were diagnosed with bird flu, water board Drenthe Overijssel Delta announced. The dead birds all carried the bird flu variant H5N8, a very contagious strand, AD reports.
Over 60 dead ducks were found in the municipality of Kampen, on Bosjessteeg. And seven were found in the municipality of Zwartewaterland in Machinevaart. Both municipalities announced that no bird flu was found in surrounding poultry farms.
A 17-year-old girl was pulled off her bicycle and raped along Flevoweg in Kampen during the early ours of Sunday morning. The perpetrator fled the scene and is still at large.
The train driver that was killed when an Arriva train crashed into a crane in Dalfsen on Tuesday, is a 49-year-old man from Kampen, the police announced. Kampen mayor Bort Koelewijn confirmed that his name was Eric Breet. Colleagues and friends are shocked by his death
A medieval 20 meter long and 50 ton heavy cargo ship was slowly, but steadily lifted out of the IJssel near Kampen on Wednesday. The ship's emergence from the water was met wit loud applause from about a thousand spectators who came to watch the operation. Thousands more followed the progress via livestream
A 24 old motorist was arrested on Sunday morning for crashing into a house on Rolklaver in Kampen. The man sped away from the accident, but the police tracked him down with his license plate, which fell of the car during the accident and was found at the house.
Toxic hydrogen cyanide gas was released int he fire in the Haatlandhaven in Kampen. The fire broke out a little after 09:00 am this morning at Regelink Schroothandel.
Last night the train track was hit by lightning, leaving no trains able to run between Den Dolder and Baarn. The problems on the track at Baarn have not been solved yet.