There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB. A snow storm that started on the west coast in the morning was slowly making its way east, and was still expected to hover over the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Limburg, and parts of Flevoland and Noord-Brabant past 6 p.m.
A hand grenade was found in a the front yard of a home in Echt on Tuesday morning. Half an hour later, another grenade ws found in the front yard of a home in Holtum. The resident of the Holtum home is a member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the police confirmed to NU.nl. The resident of the Echt home does not belong to a motorcycle gang, but a member of such a gang lives on the same street, NU.nl reports.
The police arrested a 28-year-old man from Rotterdam on Wednesday in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Kemal Zengin in Venlo in 2017. This is the first suspect arrested in this case.
Jewelry thieves made off with 1.3 million euros of luxury watches in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery in the center of Maastricht Wednesday night. Two burglars made off with 150 watches from the Juwelier Burger on Platielstraat, and were apparently at large.
A video was posted on Facebook claiming to show the end of the burglary. Two people are scene climbing down a ladder at the scene of the crime, and then fleeing on bicycles.
A 26-year-old man was injured in a shooting in Brunssum, Limburg on Tuesday night. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. No arrests have been made, NU.nl reports.
The shooting happened in the garden of a home on De Ruyterstraat at around 10:20 p.m. The motive and circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear.
The police investigated at the scene, spoke to local residents and call on witnesses to come forward.
Six people were arrested after an explosion at an ATM rocked Roermond just after midnight on Monday morning. Six people were arrested, all aged between 21 and 27.
Those arrested were from Amsterdam, Roermond, and Sittard-Geleen. One person was taken into custody near the blast on Hoekstraat in the immediate aftermath. Five more men were taken into custody in the nearby Limburg town of Beek.
Two cyclists were killed in a traffic accident in the Noord-Limburg town of Grashoek on Wednesday morning. A third cyclist was injured and is in critical condition, the Limburg police said on Twitter.
The cyclists were cycling on Vliegertsdijk at around 7:30 a.m. when they were hit by a van. The injured cyclist was rushed to hospital by helicopter. The victims are three adult men, but more information about their identity is not yet known, the police said. The van driver was not injured.
The Satudarah chapter in Geleen threatened to commit a slaughter in the city if the police raided the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse. Messages intercepted by the police show that the motorcycle gang threatened to throw hand grenades into a bar with a hundred or more people inside, was revealed during the first hearing against seven members of Satudarah Geleen on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Six poultry farmers were sentenced to prison and community service for committing fraud with their poultry rights. They kept more poultry and produced more manure than they had permits for. They must also pay the illegal profits they made back to the State, totaling in an amount of 860 thousand euros, NOS reports.
According to the judge, the farmers all violated the Fertilizers Act, which is intended to reduce the surplus manure and livestock containment in order to protect the environment. By doing so they created unfair competition.
Six men were found tied up in the warehouse of a transport company in Susteren, Limburg on Tuesday night. The police were led to the warehouse by a blood covered man. Exactly what happened in the building, and why the six men were tied up, is not yet clear, NOS reports.
The blood-covered man showed up at a home on Baakhovenerweg at around 10:40 p.m. asking for help. Before arriving at the home, he had crashed a car with Polish license plates through the gate of the warehouse, according to the broadcaster. The car ended up in a meadow and the man could drive no further.
Police across the Netherlands raided 29 separate locations they suspected were tied to the illegal cannabis trade. Investigators took 14 people into custody, and they confiscated 1,600 marijuana plants and 2,900 plant cuttings.
Police also seized 14 cars and motorcycles worth €165,000, and €25,000 in cash. Computers and smart devices were taken in as evidence, along with tasers and conventional weapons.
Anyone complaining about the Dutch weather this winter might have to hold their tongue, as the Netherlands is well on its way to the sunniest year in history. With 11 days left in autumn, the Netherlands has already recorded the most hours of sunshine for the season, according to meteorologists at WeerPlaza and NOS.
A 40-year-old police officer from the Zuid-West-Limburg district was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of computer intrusion and leaking police information, violation of official confidentiality, the Public Prosecutor announced.
So far the Prosecutor has no indications that the police officer leaked information to criminals or criminal organizations. "The investigation is still ongoing", the Prosecutor said.
The officer will be arraigned on Friday.
An increasing number of cranes are nesting and breeding in the Netherlands, according to bird protection organization Vogelbescherming. This year a record number of 32 breeding pairs were counted, 10 more than last year and four times as many as in 2014.
Most cranes were spotted in Drenthe and Friesland as in previous years. But this year cranes were also found breeding in Noord-Brabant and Limburg for the first time. Twelve of the 32 breeding pairs actually hatched chicks.
Activists for road safety placed empty chairs on squares in Zwolle, Nijverdal, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Ede on Wednesday. A total of 65 chairs were placed in Overijssel and 86 in Gelderland. They represented the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the two provinces last year, NOS reports.
A woman fell through the sidewalk in the Limburg village of Merkelbeek, near Brunssum, on Friday morning. She was walking with her husband when the ground suddenly sank away beneath her. She was injured, NOS reports.
The sinkhole was caused by sand being washed away by a leak, the fire brigade and Water Maatschappij Limburg confirmed. "There was an underground leak" a spokesperson for WML said to the broadcaster. "As a result it was impossible to see that there was a hole. The woman indeed fell through it and was taken to hospital with unknown injuries."
The police arrested two men in Limburg for suspected involvement in the death of a Belgian police officer in Spa during the early hours of Sunday morning, the Public Prosecutor in Verviers said on Monday. Belgium will request their extradition, De Limburger reports.
That brings the total number of arrested suspects to three. 36-year-old Dutch man Ivo T. was arrested in Belgium on Sunday morning.
The police in Limburg sent a letter of apology to a woman who was raped by a patient of a psychiatric prison who was on unaccompanied leave in December 2016. While being questioned after reporting the rape, the then 21-year-old woman was put under pressure by two sex crime detectives who did not believe her, The Volkskrant reports.
Public health institute RIVM again implemented the National Heat Plan for Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Utrecht, Overijssel and Drenthe. Temperatures in these parts of the country will climb to between 30 and 35 degrees in the coming days, and minimums will not drop much below 20 degrees, according to meteorological institute KNMI.
The RIVM warns people in these provinces to stay hydrated, wear thin clothing that provide protection against the sun, stay in the shade, regularly apply sunscreen, and limit physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
Heerlen and Landgraaf in Limburg were hit by four light earthquakes on Monday morning. The first quake had a magnitude of 2.4 and happened at a depth of 5 kilometers at Heerlen.
The subsequent quakes happened deeper and had magnitudes of 1.5, 1.9 and 1.3 on the Richter scale, according to measurements by meteorological institute KNMI, NU.nl reports.
The earthquakes were hardly felt and such earthquakes rarely cause damage to buildings.
Two people were injured in a stabbing on Broekhuizenstraat in the Limburg town of Landgraaf on Tuesday evening. One victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries. A 65-year-old man was arrested as a suspect.
According to newspaper AD, the suspect threatened the residents of a home on Broekhuizenstraat before walking up the street and breaking the window of a car. A woman came out of an adjacent home and was stabbed by the suspect. A man came from the same house and was also attacked.
On Sunday the Netherlands had an average precipitation shortage of 155 mm, placing 2018 officially in the 5 percent driest years since the beginning of rainfall measurements in 1906. That means that since 1906, only 5 percent of years were as dry in the Netherlands as it currently is, Weeronline reports.
The precipitation deficit is the difference between the amount of rainfall and evaporation. If more water evaporates than rain falls from the air, there is a precipitation deficit. If it is the other way around, there is a precipitation surplus.
The fire brigades in Noord-Brabant and Limburg had their hands more than full with multiple wildfires on Sunday. The fires were caused by continuing drought in the two provinces, RTL Nieuws reports.
In Budel a large wildfire had fire departments from the entire region busy on Sunday. A drone team was deployed to get a complete picture of the burning area. About 10 hectares burnt down.
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There is a very good chance that this June may be the driest one for the Netherlands in a long time, possibly even since weather measurements started in 1901, according to weather services Weeronline and Weerplaza.
Especially the middle, west and southwest parts of the country are experiencing record drought, despite some rainfall over the past days. The biggest rain shortages are in Twente, the Achterhoek, the northern parts of the Veluwe and parts of Noord-Limburg.