The police arrested a 24-year-old man from Weert for abducting a 6-year-old girl in the Limburg city last week. The girl was playing in a playground when the man spoke to her, grabbed her and bundled into the boot of his car. The girl was released a short time later.
From Monday it is forbidden to extract water from streams and rivers in Noord- and Midden-Limburg to irrigate fields and pastures. The Limburg water board made this decision because of drought in the area, NOS reports.
Zuid-Limburg got a lot of rain and flooding over the past weeks, and the ban does not apply there. But in the north and middle of the province the water level dropped considerably due to a period of heat and drought, according to the water board.
A 6-year-old girl was abducted for a short time in Weert, Limburg on Wednesday evening. She was playing in a playground on Maastrichtstraat when an unknown man bundled her into the trunk of his car. She was found unharmed, but terribly shaken, a short time later, the police said in a statement.
A Roermond resident who doesn't identify as either male or female should get an improved birth certificate and passport, the court in Limburg ruled on Monday. The Roermond resident's gender on these documents should be adjusted to "gender can not be determined", according to the court, RTL Nieuws reports.
Hikers caught a 61-year-old handball coach from Baarlo, Limburg sexually assaulting a mentally-impaired 16-year-old girl in a forest. The man has been arrested, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws.
The man in question is municipal official Sjaak S., who also teaches handball and judo to children with mental disabilities, according to the Telegraaf. The girl with whom he was caught in the forest is a member of the handball club where S. coaches.
Shipping and flight traffic is halted in the south of Limburg on Friday, because Defense's explosives ordnance disposal service will be detonating an aircraft bomb dating from World War II in Meerssen, ANP reports.
The bomb weighs 500 pounds and was found during excavation work along the Juliana Canal in mid-May. The shipping traffic in the Juliana Canal between Maastricht and Born will be halted on Friday. No planes may fly across this part of south Limburg on Friday.
An 18-year-old autistic girl is no longer allowed to enter the school grounds or -building of Rombouts College in Brunssum, Limburg. If she does show up at the school, she will be fined 100 euros each time, to a maximum of 10 thousand euros, the court in Maastricht ruled on Wednesday, De Limburger reports.
Around 23 thousand chickens were killed in a barn fire in Ospel, Limburg during the early hours of Thursday morning. The chickens could not be saved, the Limburg fire department said, ANP reports.
The fire started shortly after midnight in the barn of a company on Ommelpad. Firefighters managed to stop it spreading to two adjacent barns. No person was hurt.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
Storms caused flooding in large parts of the Netherlands on Sunday night and during the early hours of Monday morning. The worst of the storms are currently leaving the Netherlands through the north, according to RTL Nieuws.
A 34-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting on Rijksweg Zuid in Geleen on Sunday morning. He died of his injuries in hospital later that day. A woman was also injured. She was allowed to leave the hospital on Sunday afternoon, NU.nl reports.
The incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on the street of the Limburg city. Multiple shots were fired in front of a house on Rijksweg Zuid, after which the suspects fled in the car. The getaway car was found in nearby Brunssum. Two suspects were arrested, and more arrests may follow, the police said according to the newspaper.
A man was found dead on Uliker in Opsel, Limburg on Friday morning. The police are looking for a person wearing one shoe, according to a description spread on Burgernet.
The man has not yet been identified, according to De Limburger. The cause of his death is also unclear.
A car was found further up the road. It had slipped into a ditch, the newspaper writes. The police closed the road and started an investigation.
The police are looking for 17-year-old Sabrina Kovac from Soest. The teenager left her home on Tuesday and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
A photo of Sabrina is being spread around. The police call on people in Gelderland and Limburg in particular to keep an eye out for Sabrina, because she has friends in those provinces, according to RTV Utrecht.
"We do not immediately assume a crime, but we are worried. A girl of that age should sleep at home in the night, or at least sleep where she belongs", police spokesperson Bernhard Jens said to the broadcaster.
Most primary schools in Limburg and Noord-Brabant are closed on Friday as teachers in these provinces strike for higher salaries and lower workloads.
A warehouse filled with vintage cars was destroyed in a fire in Kerkrade, Limburg on Friday morning. The fire department has the fire under control and is working on extinguishing it, AD reports.
The fire started around 5:30 a.m. in the warehouse on Wiebachstraat, near Parkstad Limburg Stadium. The cause of the fire is still unknown. No one was injured. The fire also spread to an adjacent tile store, but firefighters managed to save its showroom.
Crime in Amsterdam fell by 5 percent in 2017 compared to the year before. There were fewer cases of pickpockets, muggings, and violent threats, but the number of home burglaries and robberies increased. Nationwide crime is steadily declining, according to figures the National Police will publish on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
Men in the Limburg region massively responded to the police's call to give a DNA sample for a kinship investigation in the 1998 murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen from Heibloem. On Saturday alone, 1,225 men gave samples. The police even opened an extra collection point in Landgraaf to process the massive response, the Telegraaf reports.
Morning rush hour was particularly chaotic in Limburg on Monday, with snow causing numerous traffic problems. A 2 centimeter layer of snow caused traffic jams on the highways and inland roads in the province south of Sittard, according to traffic services ANWB and VID, NU.nl reports.
The police raided a dozen locations in Oost-Brabant, Limburg and Gelderland early on Wednesday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the trade of chemicals and narcotics. Five suspects were arrested, the police said in a statement.
The raids started at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Police officers stormed homes and storage units in Geldrop, Helmond, Someren, Venlo, Venray, Nieuw Bergen and Velddriel. The police are still searching through these locations, and expect that this will take up a large part of the day.
Around a dozen beavers were shot in Limburg in an effort to protect infrastructure in the province, making Limburg the first province in which this protected species is culled. The shooting of these animals was ordered by Limburg water board Waterschap Limburg after they got permission from the province, RTL Nieuws reports.
In a significant part of the Netherlands temperatures dropped below zero early Monday morning. Temperatures dipped down to -3 degrees Celsius in the north, -1 in the center and 2 degrees in the south, together with a moderate northeastern wind that was relatively strong at the seaside. Meteorologists from weather website Buienradar predicted the overnight wind chill would make it feel as if it were 10 degrees below zero.
After a brief 24-hour respite, very windy weather is expected to return to the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon, causing a challenging rush hour period in Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Haag, and Maastricht. The wind adds an extra problem where a regional public transportation strike is in effect through 11 p.m.
Timo Huges, former CEO of Dutch rail company NS, was acquitted of fraud in the tender process for public transport in Limburg by the court in Den Bosch on Thursday. Five other suspects of fraud in this case were also acquitted, NU.nl reports.
For the first time in years, the number of burglaries in the Netherlands increased in 2016. Last year a total of 64 thousand burglary claims were filed with insurers, compared to 61 thousand in 2015, according to figures from the Dutch association of insurers VNV, ANP reports.
Of the 35 new mayors appointed in the Netherlands this year, 12 are women - the highest number of women appointed mayor in a year in Dutch history, according to a study by Binnelands Bestuur. The Netherlands now counts 81 female mayors, five more than in 2016.
"With that, we have broken through the glass ceiling", Ruud van Bennekom, secretary of Dutch association of mayors NGB, said to newspaper AD.