Enschede, Middelburg, Kampen, and Emmen are facing such a shortage of general practitioners that residents have to wait months before finding a permanent doctor. A further eleven cities are on the brink of facing the same situation, the Volkskrant reported based on its own research
The vast majority of Dutch municipalities are staying out of the discussion around the appearance of Zwarte Piet at the Sinterklaas arrival parties in their cities. Only a small number set conditions regarding the controversial character in the Sinterklaas tradition, NOS reports after speaking to the 120 largest municipalities in the Netherlands, three quarters of which responded to the broadcaster's questions.
Police officers found a 17-year-old girl who had been missing for several days at a hotel in Middelburg on Wednesday evening. The police fear she was being forced to work as a prostitute. Two persons were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, the police said on Thursday.
Information that the teenage girl may be working for an escort company led the police to the Middelburg hotel on Wednesday. The suspects, a 22-year-old man from Zierikzee and an 18-year-old woman from Rotterdam, were arrested when they arrived at the hotel with the girl at around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Nearly 18 years ago, Dutch kickboxer Coen de Nijs was shot and killed in the center of Alkmaar. This week police finally came one step closer to solving the crime.
A 46-year-old Estonian man was arrested on Tuesday, suspected of playing a role in the street killing. The man admitted to being involved in the incident, police said in a statement on Thursday.
The murder happened on June 22, 2001, when De Nijs was shot from behind while he was near the corner of Zevenhuizen and Gasthuisstraat in the Noord-Holland city. De Nijs died at the scene.
The municipality of Middelburg discovered holes in the walls of its gyms De Sprong and De Kruitmolen, which can be used to look into the women's dressing rooms and showers from the referees' room and technical room. The office of mayor and aldermen informed the city council about these peepholes in a memo this week, NU.nl reports.
Getting divorced in Zeeland requires some patience. The court is dealing with a backlog in divorce cases, and actually getting divorced can take up to a year. Over the past two months the court in Middelburg has been training to reduce the waiting time for divorce cases to an acceptable level with extra sessions, Omroep Zeeland reports.
Two men were seriously injured in stabbings at asylum centers in Middelburg and Grave on Sunday evening. The victims were taken to hospital. A total of three suspects were arrested, NU.nl reports.
The roof of a gas station on the A58 highway in Zeeland collapsed for unknown reasons during the early hours of Monday morning, ANP reports.
The roof broke in the middle and collapsed to the ground in the shape of a V. No one was hurt. The Total gas station is located near 's-Heer Arendskerke, between Goes and Middelburg.
The gas station was closed at the time of the collapse. The fire department investigated and concluded that the roof collapse did not cause any immediate risks for the surrounding area, according to the news wire.
The police arrested a 45-year-old man from Vlissingen on Sunday for trying to rob a gas station with an ax and later trying to mug a woman, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The ax carrying man walked into the gas station on President Rooseveltlaan in Vlissingen on Sunday evening, but fled again immediately. A short time later the police also received a report that a man tried to steal a woman's handbag in nearby Middelburg. The man and the woman struggled. A passerby shot to the woman's aid and the man fled without the handbag.
A stabbing at an Emergis psychiatric care institution in Middelburg resulted in the death of a male patient on Saturday night. A female patient was arrested. Director Paul de Schipper called the incident "terrible" and said that it happened "completely out of the blue", RTL Nieuws reports.
No Surrender founder Klaas Otto, currently in custody in the Middelburg prison, was able to listen to the tapped conversations of other inmates due to a police blunder, NOS reports. Otto is in custody because he is suspected of extortion, assault and arson, amongst other things. In preparation for his trial, he requested the tapped recordings of phone calls he made from prison. He also got the tapped conversations of other prisoners.
Authorities positively identified two shooting victims as a 43-year-old man and his 39-year-old wife, police said on Monday. The victims were found shot to death in a grassy area at the edge of Dishoek, Zeeland last week.
A couple found killed in Dishoek, Zeeland yesterday were a 43-year-old man and 39-year-old woman living in Middelburg about nine kilometers away, police stated on Friday. Neighbors living on the Tamariskenlaan in Middelburg believe the victims are Serbian parents of five children, noting that their turbulent marriage frequently required police intervention, according to the AD.
Three Zeeland girls were arrested for distributing nude photos of high school students from different places in the province on social media, the police announced in a statement on Thursday.
The girls posted nude photos and videos, but also Photoshopped images in which they pasted the heads of fellow students on disfigured bodies. They did so using an Instagram account, which the police removed.
An increasing number of bus lines are going cashless, in an effort to increase safety on buses by preventing robberies. On Tuesday public transporter Connexxion also launched a trial run with cashless payments on its buses in Middelburg. The transporter aims to have all its buses in the Netherlands cashless by 2018.
Five men were arrested in Middelburg, Zeeland on Tuesday on suspicion of organizing illegal prostitution, human trafficking and forced prostitution, the police said in a statement on Friday.
The police and Public Prosecutor are investigating the the death of a baby, who died of what seems to be abuse in a Rotterdam hospital two weeks ago. His parents were arrested on Tuesday, the police said in a statement.
A 22 year old swim coach from Middelburg was arrested on Tuesday. He is suspected of secretly taking photos of underage girls in the locker room of Swim and Polo club De Zeeuwse Kust
The police are investigating a 22 year old swimming coach from Middelburg. He is suspected of secretly photographing young girls of the Swim and Polo club De Zeeuwse Kust through hidden cameras in their locker room.
Dutch tennis association KNLTB is stunned by an ESSA report which states that there was match fixing involved in two tennis-matches in the Netherlands last year. The report does not say which matches or on what level, only that the one match happened between April and June and the other between July and September.
A 33-year-old Westkapelle resident made a surprising discovery while walking along the Zeeland town’s coast when he found a package containing hundreds of kilograms of what police believe is cocaine, authorities announced on Sunday. The find was initially reported at 6 p.m. a day earlier as a suspicious package, which turned out be be several sports bags tied to jerry cans.
The police arrested a 54 year old man and a 41 year old woman from Roosendaal with a car containing 250 cans of baby formula powder at the Westerschelde tunnel toll plaza in Borsesele on Saturday night.
Officers first noticed the heavily loaded car driving through the Westerschelde tunnel towards Zuid-Beveland around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. The car was pulled over at the toll plaza and officers found the 250 cans of baby formula. The man and woman in the car claimed that they bought the formula, but could not show receipts.
Three armed and masked men robbed a casino in the Zeeland town Burgh-Haamstede on Thursday night. They threatened two customers and staff members and took off with the customers' possessions and an amount of the casino's money. The suspects were arrested in Rotterdam a few hours later.