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.
On Thursday the police continued raids against the "Godfather of Noord-Brabant" Martien R. and his family by closing down and searching a caravan park in Lith. The intensive search was stalled by the discovery of an explosive. Police officers asked members of the press to stay at a distance while explosive experts from the Ministry of Defense were called in to investigate, Omroep Brabant and De Telegraaf report.
Police in Eindhoven on Thursday evening sent a team of heavily armed and masked officers into a packed and busy train as part of a search for suspect. Authorities were vague about the person of interest, saying only that it concerned an incident in Rotterdam, according to Omroep Brabant.
"We have just been able to arrest a person," police said just before 7:15 p.m. The arrest was made at the request of another division, the Oost Brabant division of the police noted.
The police tackled what they call a "criminal family network" in Oss, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday. Three men, believed to be the leaders of this criminal network, were arrested. During searches at a caravan camp and other places in Oss, the police found and confiscated automatic firearms, drugs and cash. Possible explosives were also found.
In the past three years there were over 60 thousand traffic accidents at intersections in the Netherlands. A total of 476 of these accidents proved fatal, and people were injured in nearly 16 thousand accidents, reports RTL Nieuws. The broadcaster conducted its own analysis of police and Rijkswaterstaat data of over 250 thousand road accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
A possible explosion at a block of flats in Eindhoven has left residents shaken and concerned for their safety. Police told NL Times the apparent blast during the early morning hours on Saturday could have been caused by a heavy explosive, like a hand grenade or a Cobra-6 firework, but an initial investigation was inconclusive.
The body of a man was found in a drug lab in Den Dungen, a village near Den Bosch, during the early hours of Friday morning. The police believe the man died when something went wrong while he was producing drugs, the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter. Authorities later stated the victim was killed in an explosion.
The last half of this week will be considerably warmer than what is usual for this time of year, according to Weeronline. Many places in the south of the country will see maximums climb to 20 degrees on Thursday, while high temperatures are usually around 13 degrees late in October.
In addition to being reasonably warm, Wednesday and Thursday will also be mostly dry with regular sunshine. Afternoon temperatures on Wednesday will range between 15 and 17 degrees in large parts of the country. Noord-Brabant and Limburg may already see thermometers climb to 19 degrees.
A person believed to be participating in a psychedelic healing session at a home in IJzendijke, Zeeland, died after suffering from health complaints. Authorities are investigating if the use of “hallucinatory products” led to the man’s death.
“This could be the cause of his discomfort, but that is still being investigated by doctors,” police said in a statement.
A 36-year-old man from Terneuzen was taken into custody as a suspect in the man’s death.
Doctors in the Netherlands reported a major spike in patients this past June for complaints related to the poisonous oak processionary caterpillars. Primary care physicians in the last week of June saw a 4.5 times more patients than in other weeks, according to care research organization Nivel.
The 47-year-old Dutch man wanted in connection with the strangulation of a young Romanian girl killed himself in a car wreck on Monday. Police in the East-Brabant district of the Netherlands confirm to NL Times that the man suspected by Romanian authorities drove his car into oncoming traffic, striking a lorry in a head-on collision.
A woman was stabbed in front of her home in the Noord-Brabant village of Zijtaart on Monday morning. The suspect fled the scene and is still at large, the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.
The stabbing happened at the woman's home on Pastoor Kampstraat at around 8:15 a.m. The woman was "seriously hurt", a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant. She was rushed to the hospital.
The police believe the motive for the stabbing is in the "relationship sphere". "We know in what direction we have to search", the police spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
Six young people were hospitalized on Sunday evening after they used ecstasy at youth care institution De La Salle in Boxtel. "One of them is in bad shape", the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter.
Ambulances were deployed to the youth care institution at around 7:30 p.m. when the first of the group of young people became unwell. They were rushed to a hospital in the area. The police are investigating where they got the drugs.
The 21-year-old driver who authorities say rammed a crowd of people with his car was accused in court of attempted manslaughter. Five people in total were hospitalized as a result of the violence that took place during the awards ceremony at an autocross event five days ago in Leende, Noord-Brabant.
“Completely innocent visitors fell victim to a totally idiotic action on Sunday,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
Four political parties have teamed up on a proposal to reduce the highway speed limit in Den Haag to 80 kilometers per hour. The parties, including the city’s governing coalition members GroenLinks and D66, have also called for a ban on older diesel vehicles and an expansion of the city’s environmental zones.
The rule changes also have the backing of the animal rights party PvdD and the Christian party bloc CU/SGP. Together the four groups represent 20 of the city’s 45 council seats.
Two boys, aged 6 and 9, were killed in a house fire in Strijbeek, Noord-Brabant, during the early hours of Sunday morning. Two adults were injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the police found no indication of a crime or negligence, a police spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.
A car crashed into the audience at the autorcross in Leende in Noord-Brabant on Sunday. Two men, a woman and a boy were injured to such an extent that they were hospitalized. Three other people were checked over by paramedics at the scene. The police arrested the driver, a 21-year-old man from Reuver, and his passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Veughel.
The Tilburg man convicted in the Netherlands, and connected to the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, plans to drop his appeal against his conviction in order to speed up a potential extradition to Canada, according to AD. Aydin C., now 41, was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison for the sexual abuse of 34 underage girls.
Authorities say a girl found injured in a stabbing at a house in Breda has died. The young girl killed on Monday afternoon was reportedly 15 years of age.
Police confirmed that an underage suspect was taken into custody at another location in Breda. He is 16, according to Nu.nl.
Neighbors near the Bilderdijkstraat location said that the girl lived at the home alone with her mother, reported AD.
Police say a 17-year-old was shot early Tuesday morning in Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant. Few details were revealed about the incident, which took place shortly after 1:15 a.m.
The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg when he was on the Prinses Irenestraat, police said. He was transported to an area hospital. His condition was not released.
The gun used in the incident was not found. A police dog was being used to find the weapon and any spent shell casings.
A cleaning crew found two hand grenades left outside sisha lounge Pure Lounge on Antwerpsestraatweg in Bergen op Zoom on Tuesday morning. A cleaner found one grenade just outside the lounge's front door, her colleague found the second one in the parking lot, she said to Omroep Brabant.
Public health institute RIVM issued a "smog alarm" for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Zeeland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. The air quality in parts of these provinces will be "very poor" this afternoon and early evening due to the formation of ozone in the air, the institute warns, ANP reports.
Temperature readings in Eindhoven soared on Wednesday, hitting 39.3 degrees setting a new record for the hottest day ever recorded in the Netherlands. The old record was set in Warnsveld on August 23, 1944 with a temperature of 38.6 degrees.
More recently, the highest temperature for a July day in the Netherlands was previously measured in Maastricht on July 2, 2015 when the Limburg city sweated its way through a day topping out at 38.6 degrees.
Two members of the military were transported to a hospital on Monday when they showed symptoms of heat stroke. The two were participating in the first part of the National Military Championship (NMK) Pentathlon event in Oirschot, Noord-Brabant on Tuesday morning when medics stepped in to check them out.