A freight train collided with a truck in northern Limburg on Tuesday morning. The accident happened at a railway crossing near Colombusweg, between Blerick and Sevenum. No one was injured. No train traffic will be possible between Eindhoven and Venlo for the rest of the day, ProRail expects, ANP reports.
After a total of 513 donations and giving 333 liters of blood, Limburg man Frans Hollander is retiring. He donated blood for the last time on Monday, L1 reports.
At the age of 69, Hollander from Rijkholt was forced to retire. According to Dutch rules, you can't be a donor after the age of 70. This age limit is intended to protect the donor, as many elderly people aren't able to donate blood.
Hollander would've liked to continue for another few years. "It's little effort to help sick people this way. And it's nice here", he said to L1.
The police arrested a Limburg bailiff on Monday for telling women that if they have sex with him, he would wipe out their debts. A total of 11 women pressed charges against the man, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor and police have been investigating the man for months. The authorities believe that he's been sexually harassing women in this way since 2001.
From September Limburg farmers will use drones to find illegal cannabis plantations on their land, the Limburg agricultural and horticultural union LLTB announced. According to the union, this is the first such project in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
A Polish driver convicted of killing a toddler and her grandparents in a hit-and-run accident in Meije, Limburg four years ago, was given early release so he could return to Poland to be there when his girlfriend gives birth. PVV, SP, CDA and VVD parliamentarians are outraged by the man's release. They call for the system for early release to be changed, NOS reports.
The Dutch police are almost certain that a body found in a German forest, just across the border from the Limburg town of Susteren, over the weekend is the Dutch driver of a taxi found abandoned on the A12 near Zevenhuizen on Sunday morning. The taxi driver is a young man in his early 20s, AD reports.
About 50 barrels filled with what is believed to be drug waste were found dumped in and around the Zuid-Willemsvaart near Weert on Tuesday, 1Limburg reports.
The barrels were spotted by a passing skipper around Sluis 16. Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat and the police are at the scene to investigate. The barrels are being checked for leaks and removed from the water. Their content will be researched afterwards.
Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.
The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.
One person was killed and another slightly injured in a fire in a seniors' apartment building in Landgraaf, Limburg on Wednesday night, De Limburger reports.
The fire started around 11:30 p.m. on the third floor of the complex on Kerkstraat. Firefighters responded en masse, including departments from Germany, according to the newspaper.
Around midnight the fire department decided to evacuate the complex. Residents of the 48 apartments were given shelter in a nearby building. The fire was under control around 1:00 a.m.
Drug criminals seem to be moving their activities from the southern parts of the Netherlands to the rest of the country, especially when it comes to ecstasy, the police concluded from the latest figures on ecstasy, RTL Nieuws reports.
On Tuesday the Dutch police arrested six persons in connection with the discovery of 1,100 kilograms of heroin in a container from Iran, the police said in a statement. The drugs' street value is around 34 million euros, according to the police. More arrests may follow.
The arrests were made after the Dutch authorities and Belgian authorities jointly searched a container from Iran in the port of Antwerp on Monday. In it they found the drugs hidden in two baking machines. The drugs were removed and the container was sent on to its destination.
Justin Bieber will be performing at Pinkpop this year. The Canadian singer is listed as one of the headliners of the three-day festival and will go on stage on June 3rd, the organizers announced on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
The Pinkpop performance forms part of Bieber's Purpose World Tour.
Bieber is the third headliner announced for the festival, which will take place on June 3rd, 4th and 5th in Landgraaf, Limburg. Other performances this year include Green Day, System of a Down, Kings of Leon and Martin Garrix.
A criminal investigation was launched against a court bailiff in Limburg who is suspected of demanding sex from women in lieu of money. A number of women reported the man to the police, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to ANP.
The women claim that the man from Sittard collected their payments in the form of sexual favor, the spokesperson said. He could not say exactly how many women filed reports against the bailiff, but did say that there may be more victims who have not turned to the police yet.
A man was killed after two suspects invaded his Geleen home during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Some Dutch media sources report that the man was shot to death, though this has not yet been confirmed, ANP reports.
According to the police, a witness heard a bang and that is why there is talk of a shooting. But the cause of the man's death is still uncertain. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A police officer from Limburg was dismissed with immediate effect on Tuesday after he was caught having webcam sex with what he believed was a 17-year-old girl. This happened several times during working hours and while he was in uniform, according to 1Limburg.
This case was revealed by crime journalist Peter R. de Vries. He investigated for months after getting hold of footage of the police officer and teenager. According to him, the teenager is actually an adult woman pretending on Skype to be a 17-year-old girl.
Nuon will soon be charging an hourly rate for charging your car at one of the 1,240 charging points the company will be installing in Brabant and Limburg over the next two years. The company hopes that this will help solve the problem of overcrowded charging points, the Volkskrant reports.
The police found firearms and ammunition on the grounds of a lumber company in Brunssum on Wednesday. The owner of the company, Frenk W., made headlines last year when he buried his deceased wife in their garden, the Telegraaf reports.
On Tuesday the police in Zuid-Limburg arrested 14 people on suspicion of involvement in dozens of crimes including car thefts, burglaries, ram raids, handling stolen goods and money laundering. According to the police, all 14 suspects no each other and the crimes were committed by varying smaller groups made up of the various suspects. Most of the crimes were committed in Limburg and across the border in Germany and Belgium in 2016.
A police officer from Schinnen is being prosecuted for sexually abusing an underage girl, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to L1. The police officer was suspended by the police department in Heerlen early in November.
According to Limburg media, the police officer is suspected of sexually abusing a girl he met at a youth welfare club in Schinnen. Both the cop and the underage girl volunteered at youth club Jongeren Intiatief Schinnen.
The Dutch police are following up on information from British group Bellingcat about possible ISIS sympathizers staying in a holiday park in Vaals, Limburg.
On Tuesday Bellingcat posted a photo on Twitter calling for information on where it was taken. "Can you help us crowdsource a geolocation. This photo is linked to an ISIS sympathizer living in Europe. Perhaps Germany or the Netherlands", Belingcat founder Eliot Higgins tweeted. Within an hour they concluded that the photo was taken at the holiday park HoogVaals.
Two people were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries sustained by a sudden burst of flame from a machine on the Chemelot industrial site in Geleen on Wednesday, ANP reports.
The burst of flame came from a furnace, Chemelot said on Wednesday. It resulted in a so-called naphtha cracker - where petroleum products are made workable - catching fire. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished.
The cause of the fire is still unclear. The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating.
A failed asylum seeker died shortly after being arrested by the police in Maastricht on Tuesday. Limburg Police Chief Gery Veldhuis mentioned a chokehold and possible strangulation in a statement on Tuesday night, but denied that the police would do that, the Volkskrant reports.
The 35-year-old Macedonian man recently came to the Netherlands. On Monday the immigration police informed him that his asylum application was rejected and that he had to leave the European Union within 28 days, according to the newspaper.
Former NS CEO Timo Huges wants Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance to testify in the criminal case surrounding irregularities in the procurement of public transport in Limburg. According to Huges' lawyer Daan Doorenbos, Dijsselbloem has to explain "criminalizing statements" he made about the former CEO, the lawyer said in the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
Two men from Berg en Terblijt in Limburg were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of involvement in a shooting in Rotterdam on Friday. A 23-year-old man from Rotterdam was also arrested, 1Limburg reports.
During the early hours of Friday morning the police received a report of guns shots in Tarwewijk, Rotterdam. A short time later a man showed up at a police station claiming that he was threatened with firearms. The victim, a 25-year-old man from Rotterdam, was taken to a hospital, where a bullet was found in his upper body.