Leeuwarden

Pieke Dassen, Aart Staartjes (middle) and Jennifer Willems in Dutch children's show De film van Ome Willem in 1981
Jan 13 '20 07:37

Producer and actor Aart Staartjes died at the age of 81 from injuries he sustained in a car accident in Leeuwarden on Friday. Staartjes was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police are investigating the causes of the accident, NOS reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Jan 10 '20 10:10

A 68-year-old man was arrested for leaving a jerry can in an empty train in Leeuwarden on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of the entire train station. He is suspected of arson, the police said.

The police suspect that the man wanted to either start a fire or cause an explosion in the train. He is in custody for questioning.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jan 9 '20 12:23

The police evacuated Leeuwarden train station after a suspicious object was found in a train at the station, the Friesland police said on Twitter. The police's explosive team are at the scene to determine whether the Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department needs to be called in.

The suspicious object was found on an empty train shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. The police initially only evacuated and cordoned off two train tracks, but later decided to evacuate the entire station as a precaution. 

Fog rolls across the A2 at Vianen, Utrecht. Dec. 31, 2019
Dec 31 '19 20:47

At least one person was killed, and 19 others were injured when dozens of cars rammed into each other on the A32 highway near Akkrum, Friesland. As dense fog reduced visibility in parts of the country to just five meters, Dutch infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat called on drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

The trouble at Akkrum started just after 6:30 p.m. at marker 57.5. Firefighters, paramedics and police were all quickly dispatched to the scene. A trauma team was sent in a helicopter about 20 minutes later to assist the first responders.

Crowded train station in the Netherlands
Nov 22 '19 08:30

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.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Nov 13 '19 07:50

The government can solve the nitrogen emission problem by making public transit a more attractive option with a massive investment, according to NS and ProRail. The rail manager and -company propose that the government invest over 20.6 billion euros in the railways until 2040, for dozens of improvements, AD reports.

The organizations want to shorten the travel time from Leeuwarden and Groningen to the Randstad by making adjustments to the Hanze line, for example. Train journeys from Twente, Nijmegen and Vlissingen can also be up to 30 minutes faster with specific adjustments

Primary school classroom
Nov 6 '19 07:39

More than 4 thousand schools in the Netherlands are closed today due to a large strike in primary- and secondary education. Teachers, school directors and other educational staff are striking for a structural solution against the teacher shortage in the country.

Leeuwarden's Zuiderstadsgracht
Nov 2 '19 09:30

Leeuwarden won Zoover's award for Best Weekend Trip destination in the Netherlands this year with an average rating of 8.64. "Leeuwarden is particularly praised for its cozy atmosphere, the extensive range of catering establishments, and the beautiful historic city center", the travel site said.

Zoover based its award on reviews travelers left on the site over the past year. Over 15 thousand reviews were included in the calculation.

Sinterklaas Amsterdam 2
Oct 31 '19 08:44

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.

Tractors on Dutch roadways
Oct 16 '19 16:44

Farmers protesting in the Utrecht region who then drove their tractors on the A12 motorway rejected orders from the police to exit the A12 and park their vehicles at the Cars Jeans Stadium in Den Haag. Instead, many stormed into town, attempting to either create a disturbance in the city center, force their way near parliament, or to other gathering sites in the city.

Cats
Aug 8 '19 09:58

Cat lovers can celebrate International Cat Day on Thursday by going to watch cat videos on the big screen in six Dutch cities. This is the first year that Dutch cinemas are participating in the international CatVideoFest. 

Cinemas in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Leeuwarden and Hilversum are taking part in this international festival celebrating the hero of the internet, Het Parool reports. Visitors will see an around 70 minutes-long compilation of funny or cute (or both) cat videos and animations.

Police
Aug 5 '19 11:10

The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at government services like the police, is investigating the death of a 42-year-old man from Leeuwarden who died after the police intervened in a fight in a mental health institution on Wednesday, NOS reports.

The police responded to the GGZ clinic on Borniastraat in Leeuwarden on Wednesday evening. Patients were fighting with each other and a fire had broken out. Clinic staff called the police to help with a patient who was resisting their attempts to calm him down, according to the broadcaster.

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Mar 25 '19 07:53

A resident of Van Harenstraat in Leeuwarden found a hand grenade in his garden on Sunday morning. The explosive was disarmed by experts from the Ministry of Defense and removed from the scene, the Friesland police said on Twitter.

The explosive was discovered at around 9:30 a.m. According to the police, investigation quickly showed that the grenade posed no danger to the environment. The Defense explosive experts were still called in as a precaution.

The police are investigating how the grenade came to be in the Van Harenstraat garden. 

Handcuffs
Mar 19 '19 17:20

The police took down 10 fake online stores which were made to look like English versions of real Dutch stores on Tuesday. Two suspects, a 40-year-old man from Leeuwarden and a 21-year-old man from Groningen, were arrested.

These English-language sites looked like the websites of real Dutch stores, with web addresses that were very similar to those of recognized stores with a Chamber of Commerce registration. Visitors bought products like milk powder, energy drinks, shampoo, deodorant and alcohol. After payment, the products were never delivered.

Arriva train truck crash
Jan 17 '19 17:30

Startling security camera footage surfaced on Wednesday showing the moment a passenger train collided with a semi-trailer truck. The crash happened in Leeuwarden, Friesland late last week, resulting in several minor injuries.

A large cloud can be seen emanating from the semi-trailer at the moment of impact. The truck was hauling milk powder near a FrieslandCampina dairy facility. The video was first broadcast by Omroep Fryslan.

Yellow vests protest
Dec 10 '18 09:16

While "yellow vests" protests resulted in 500 arrests in Paris and 400 in Brussels, the protests in the Netherlands were much quieter. The largest protests only had around 200 participants, and only three people were arrested in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Nov 19 '18 10:06

After a weekend that saw anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrators attacked by threats, racist epithets, and with eggs and beer cans hurled at them, the activists of Kick Out Zwarte Piet said they are disappointed in city governance in the Netherlands. Protestors were physically and verbally assaulted during the Sinterklaas arrival events in Eindhoven, Groningen, and Leeuwarden, while threats of violence forced the cancellation of a protest in Nijmegen.

Sinterklaas Amsterdam 2
Nov 16 '18 10:35

Activists angered by the use of blackface around the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition are planning to protest in Dokkum on Saturday. The protestors had previously made arrangements with the municipality to lawfully demonstrate in the Friesland town at the televised Sinterklaas arrival last year, but their buses were stopped by people who created a blockade on the A7 motorway shutting down all traffic on a main road into the province.

Royal de Luxe's Diver
Aug 20 '18 09:30

People who went to see the giant marionettes of Royal de Luxe in Leeuwarden on Sunday, were left stranded by a train disruption. A faulty overhead line meant very limited trains between Zwolle and Meppel, which forms part of the route between Zwolle and Leeuwarden, NU.nl reports.

According to ProRail, about half a kilometer of overhead line was pulled down by a train. This brought train traffic on the route to a complete standstill for a time. From around 6:30 p.m. a limited number of trains could run on one rail on the route. 

Royal de Luxe's Diver
Aug 17 '18 11:10

Leeuwarden, the Culture Capital of Europe this year, will host three very special guests this weekend - giant marionettes from French street theater company Royal de Luxe. They'll be in Leeuwarden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.

The star of the show is the 11 meter high Diver. The marionette weighs 3 tons and needs 40 people to move him at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour. He will be accompanied by the Giant Little Girl of 5.5 meters and the 3 meter high Xolo dog. 

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Aug 2 '18 15:10

Thirteen year old Emily and 14-year-old Kirsten, who went missing in Leeuwarden on Friday, have been found. A police officer found the girls on a Leeuwarden street on Wednesday afternoon, the Telegraaf reports.

The two girls walked out of a care institution in Leeuwarden on Friday. Where they were in the days since then, is not clear.

The police thanked everyone who helped look for the missing girls. 

Dutch police logo
Jul 31 '18 10:40

Two young teenage girls from Leeuwarden have been missing since the weekend. The police and the parents of 13-year-old Emily and 14-year-old Kirsten  are very concerned.

The two girls ran away from a treatment center in Leeuwarden at 11:20 p.m. on Friday. Both left on foot and carried a bag with them.

"Unfortunately, our daughters have not yet been found, please keep an eye out for them! We are so terribly worried... Girls where are you? Call me. Big kiss, daddy", Kirsten's dad Sander Wessels wrote on Twitter.

A helicopter ambulance on Boomstraat in Schijndel after a dog attacked a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother, 1 May 2018
Jul 4 '18 12:20

A helicopter ambulance carrying a patient was unable to land at the Leeuwarden Medical Center on Monday night due to a drone. The helicopter had to fly away, because the situation was unsafe, the Telegraaf reports.

After a detour, the helicopter was able to land and the patient was safely transferred to the hospital. 

A helicopter ambulance fills the same function as a regular ambulance, only in the sky. Unlike a trauma helicopter, helicopter ambulances don't carry doctors with them. 

Jun 22 '18 14:10

A number of office buildings and homes in the vicinity of the old tax office in Leeuwarden were evacuated on Friday. A large fire started in the former tax building on Tesselschadestraat on Friday morning, and smoke is drawing over the city, RTL Nieuws reports.

An NL Alert was sent out around 9:00 a.m. warning locals to keep out of the smoke, keep doors and windows closed and to switch of their ventilation. 

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