Fire department in Haaglanden
Jun 4 '20 18:30

The 29 telecommunications mast fires, all intentionally set since April, are not believed to be linked to the same criminal suspects, according to the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM). The authorities also do not think the suspects were connected to one another or that they were organized by a single criminal group.

A wolf runs off with a sheep in its mouth in Heusden, Noord-Brabant. May 22, 2020
Jun 3 '20 15:40

One single wolf is responsible for killing many sheep in the region of Heusden in Noord-Brabant over the past weeks, according to research by the province. DNA found on the dead sheep showed that they were all killed by a male wolf from a pack in Germany, Omroep Brabant reports. 

On Saturday an independent researcher went into the Eendenkooi nature reserve, believed to be the most likely place for the wolf to hide, with a drone and a heat sensitive camera to search for the animal. According to the province, no sing of a wolf's nest was found. 

Jun 1 '20 17:40

A serious accident on the A67 near Asten in Noord-Brabant left two motorists injured early on Monday morning. The accident was caused by a wrong-way driver, which hit another car head-on on between Eindhoven and Venlo, RTL Nieuws reports.

The accident happened at around 00:45 a.m. The two injured persons were the drivers of the two cars involved in the accident. One of them was seriously hurt. They were both taken to hospital. 

Local media report that the wrong-way driver is German, and the other driver is British.


A common pipistrelle bat, Tirol, Austria
May 31 '20 11:10

The third count of bats in the gardens of the Netherlands concluded last week, with 492 garden owners taking part in a search for the flying chiroptera after the sun had gone down. Bats were spotted in 77 percent of the gardens, with the pipistrelle bat being the most common type seen.

Mammal association Zoogdiervereniging organized the research, with 200 more gardens added to the list of sites involved compared to 2019. The participants managed to witness 2,668 bats as the animals hunted for insects, a primary food source, though about 1,900 were identified.

May 29 '20 08:31

Van Rooi Meat slaughterhouse in Helmond was ordered closed on Thursday evening after 21 employees tested positive for the coronavirus in a sample testing. The meat processing company will have to stay closed until at least Tuesday, local security region Veiligheidsregio Brabant-Zuidoost announced.

May 27 '20 17:40

Reduced visibility caused by smoke from a wildfire resulted in a six-car pileup in Liessel, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday morning. As far as is known, no one was injured.

The accident happened on the intersection of Kanaalstraat and Oude Peelstraat, according to Noord-Brabant. The road was covered in smoke from a wildfire in De Peel neaur Deurne. The fire broke out at the end of April and is still smouldering underground, causing smoke.

A mobile forensics lab from the Amsterdam police
May 26 '20 13:30

Police were looking for witnesses on Tuesday who may have seen those responsible for setting a transmission mast on fire in Roosendaal. Firefighters were sent to the Hollewegje in the Noord-Brabant town for the suspected arson at about 1:07 a.m.

The damage was still being assessed Tuesday morning. It was at least the 29th time that a telecommunications mast was set alight since April. 

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 23 '20 10:10

One person who was harming himself was shot at by police in Halsteren on Saturday morning. The man later died of his injuries, though it was not immediately clear if he was struck by a bullet.

Police said officers at the Klaverblad in the Noord-Brabant town found a “disturbed” individual who had taken a knife to himself. Neighbors told local newspaper BN De Stem that they heard four shots fired inside a home after police broke down the door to enter.

Dutch police car
May 21 '20 19:30

A 35-year-old man turned himself in to police in connection with a spate of sexual assaults in Noord-Brabant over the past two months, police confirmed on Thursday. The man, a resident of Diessen, was going to be questioned on Thursday in alleged attacks on a 13-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, and the harassment of two others.

May 21 '20 16:40

Doctors at the Amphia Hospital in Breda are teaming up with Noord-Brabant football clubs PSV, Willem II, RKC, and NAC to monitor if and how the coronavirus spreads in team sports. The footballers' health will be monitored in the coming months, and if they show symptoms of the coronavirus, the researchers will track down where they got the virus and whether it spread to their teammates, doctor Peter Joosten, initiator of this study, said to Omroep Brabant.

Hague police officer
May 20 '20 18:04

Police are anxiously searching for a man who is believed to have sexually assaulted two teenage girls and may have targeted two others in several Noord-Brabant villages. All four cases involved a balding white man in his late thirties. No arrests have been made.

"We are very concerned and we need to find this man before he strikes again," police from the Oost-Brabant district told the public on Wednesday. The two assaults took place in Casteren and Hulsel, with the other suspicious incidents happening in Netersel and Reusel. Fewer than ten kilometers separates the four villages.

May 20 '20 09:09

Noord-Brabant is offering farmers so-called wolf-resistant nets to protect their sheep after multiple incidents of wolf attacks on sheep in the province. Farmers who want to can get the nets from the province on loan, a spokesperson for provincial deputy Elies Lemkes-Straver said to Omroep Brabant. The province is currently checking which farmers want to use these nets. 

Protest against the new Noord-Brabant provincial government's lack of support for culture at the provincial house in Den Bosch, 15 May 2020
May 15 '20 16:50

Two protests were held at the Noord-Brabant provincial house in Den Bosch on Friday, during the appointment of the province's new deputies. A huge stack of theater seats with giants unable to find somewhere to sit protested against the new coalition's lack of support for culture. And hundreds of denim jeans represented the Noord-Brabant residents who want more attention to be paid to the climate crisis, Omroep Brabant reports.

The new Noord-Brabant coalition consists of right-wing and far-right parties CDA, FvD, VVD, and Lokaal Brabant.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
May 15 '20 13:20

Two people were found dead in a home in the Noord-Brabant town of Made, the police said in a statement. The home and surroundings were cordoned off as a possible crime scene while police investigate the victims' cause of death.

Police officers, three ambulances, and a trauma team in a helicopter were all sent to the home on De Hooijmijt shortly before 9:30 a.m. A police spokesperson told Hart van Nederland that the authorities were called when no one answered a knock on the door.

12.6 million in cash found in a money laundering investigation in Eindhoven. May 1, 2020
May 6 '20 13:43

When police and prosecutors raided a house in Eindhoven as part of a money laundering investigation, they discovered a massive 12.6 million euros in cash, the most ever found in a single place during a criminal investigation. The record sum was kept in a hidden room inside the house, and included paper bills with all denominations up to 500 euro notes.

It also had a considerable weight, police said. The combined total of 12.580 million euros weighed approximately 255 kilograms.

Transmission mast
Apr 30 '20 09:35

The police arrested a third suspect in connection with a series of fires on transmission masts throughout the Netherlands this month. There was another attempt to set fire to a mast on Wednesday night, this time in the Noord-Brabant village of Standaarbuiten.

An area cordoned off by police
Apr 28 '20 19:45

Police have expressed their thanks to a 79-year-old Roosendaal man who chased down a bicycle thief on Sunday using an electric bicycle with a passenger behind at his back.

According to police, the man had given chase to the thief, a 27-year-old resident of Eindhoven, at around 4:30 p.m. after witnessing the man stealing his friend's bicycle at the Dijkcentrum in the town center. While trying to chase down the thief along with another man who wanted to help, the elderly man alerted a police officer along the Chromietdijk, who had himself just spotted the thief whiz past.

Social distancing in Amsterdam's Oosterpark
Apr 28 '20 14:02

New data from public health agency RIVM showed that 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus died on Monday, and 24 died on Sunday. It brings the total number of deaths connected to the virus up to 4,566.

That represents an overall increase of 48 reported deaths compared to figures released on Monday. The newly-recorded deaths did not all take place in the last few days, with some having taken place in the last week of March.

Scottish highlander
Apr 28 '20 13:10

Four Scottish highlanders were killed, possibly by wolves, in the Noord-Brabant town of Someren over the past days. The cows were less than a year old. "They're no bigger than sheep. It happened at three different times," owner Jos Leenders said to NOS.

Leenders has around 150 Scottish highlanders spread over different areas of land. "I didn't know the wolf was so active here in the south. I wasn't prepared for that."

Medical masks on sale at a store in Amsterdam Oost
Apr 26 '20 13:57

At least 25 new patients with a coronavirus infection entered hospital on Saturday, according to new figures provided by public health agency RIVM on Sunday. It brings the total number of people hospitalized since the end of February up to 10,456.

That includes an overall increase of 75, compared to data released on Saturday. Among those cases are a doubling of known admissions on Friday, from 24 to 48, and other scattered cases dating back to March 15.

The European Mink
Apr 26 '20 13:34

A coronavirus infection among mink being raised on two fur farms in the Netherlands has forced the closure of several roads with people warned not to come within 400 meters of the farms. The two locations are in Gemert-Bakel and Laarbeek, about ten kilometers apart in the province of Noord-Brabant.

The virus was believed to be spread from humans at the farms to the mink, and not the other way around.

Chinook helicopters from the Ministry of Defense helping to fight a fire in National Park De Meinweg near Herkenbosch in Limburg, 23 April 2020
Apr 23 '20 13:00

The some 4,200 residents of the Limburg town of Herkenbosch are still not allowed to return to their homes due to a fire still raging in National Park De Meinweg. On Thursday, the fire brigade is using drones and Defense helicopters to try and get the fire under control.

A hospital isolation room
Apr 22 '20 18:03

There were 1,050 patients from the Netherlands being treated for respiratory illness Covid-19 on Wednesday, 37 fewer than the day before. The number of patients in intensive care began to fall after after April 9, and has gone down daily since April 12.

The continued decline meant healthcare workers could treat more patients without Covid-19 in intensive care than was possible in recent weeks. Some 395 patients were being treated in ICUs in the Netherlands on Wednesday, according to patient coordination office LCPS.

The first stage of Vuelta a España 2017 in Nimes, France
Apr 20 '20 20:45

With the delay of popular Spanish cycling race La Vuelta, this year's ceremonial starting point of the race, Utrecht, has been kept in a holding pattern. The event has not been rescheduled, though a popular rumor floated by a Basque region newspaper suggests the 23-day race will start in Irun, Spain, and not in the Netherlands.

The rumor was dismissed by Dutch organizers at La Vuelta Holanda, who told NL Times it started as a fairly innocent comment during a radio interview with the director of the Spanish race.


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