There were no major incidents during New Year's celebrations across the Netherlands, according to initial reports from regional emergency services. So far only Rotterdam reports a sharp increase in the number of incidents.
Primary schools in the Dutch countryside achieve better results on their final tests than those in the city areas, according to RTL Nieuws' annual school study. The 890 primary schools in the Netherlands' most urban areas scored an average of 6.93. The 1,511 primary schools in the least urban areas scored an average of 7.05.
An as yet unidentified person was shot and killed by a police officer in Purmerend on Friday morning. The police confirmed the shooting, but would say nothing further about the circumstances surrounding it, the Telegraaf reports.
Very little information is available about what happened and the identity of the victim. The shooting happened around 5:00 a.m. on Burgemeester D. Kooimanweg in Purmerend. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail.
A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.
Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.
A 12-year-old boy's day of mischief with his brother ended with him in the hospital with a broken leg. The boys were ringing doorbells and running away in Purmerend, when one angry resident hit the boy with his car, the boy Ivano told broadcaster WNL.
On Saturday night the two boys rang the man's doorbell on Nijlstraat as a prank, sprang on their bikes and cycled away. "The man did not come out. And then he came out of nowhere driving at quite a speed. Then he hit my brother", Ivano's brother Miguel told the broadcaster.
The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties.
A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.
An armored car was robbed on Koestraat in Purmerend on Wednesday. The perpetrators fled on a scooter and are still at large, RTV Noord-Holland reports.
The armored car was parked at an ING branch in Koestraat when the perpetrators hit. It is unclear whether they managed to steal anything.
The police are looking for two men, whose descriptions were spread on Burgernet. The robbers are a white man and a dark skinned man. One wore a white jersey with a gray good, a vest, a backpack and dark sneakers. The second man was wearing a blue flight jacket and dark jeans.
The police arrested a second suspect in connection with the assassination of criminal Chahid Yakhlaf in Kerkdriel last year. The 26-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in the Penitentiary in Alphen aan den Rijn on Friday, NU.nl reports.
So far the police made three arrests in the investigation into the murder of a 50-year-old man from Leiden in June of this year, the police announced in a statement on Tuesday. The latest arrest, that of a 30-year-old man from Amsterdam, was made on Tuesday morning.
Seven black and white kittens were crammed into a small transport cage and left in the trash in Spinnerhof, Purmerend on Thursday, the Purmerend Animal Ambulance said on Facebook.
The police arrested a 34-year-old man in Purmerend on Thursday night. He is suspected of raping three young women in Amsterdam late in January.
Another owl is causing havoc in the Netherlands. Over the past week a number of residents of the Gelderland town of Twello reported an eagle owl flying at their heads
The Public Prosecutor is investigating whether the three men who held up insulting signs about Feyenoord player Kenneth Vermeer on television last week, can be prosecuted. The signs linked Vermeer with Nazi collaborators NSB.
The police once again had their hands full with burglaries over the Christmas days. Numerous burglars were arrested across the Netherlands between December 24th and December 26th and many more burglaries were reported, though there was not a remarkable increase in the number of burglaries compared to the same period in previous years.
A webcam feed of an unassuming roundabout on Gorsstraat in Pumerend has become an unexpected internet sensation. Approximately 3,500 people from around the world is watching the feed day and night, despite the fact that nothing spectacular happens.
A number of suspects escaped the police after attempting to bomb an ATM on John F. Kennedyplein in Purmerend on Monday morning.
Several dogs were brought to the Veterinarians practice in Purmerend on Thursday after they had swallowed fishhooks hidden in sausages. Residents fear the dog hater, who had left fishhooks in sausages last year too, has returned, AD reports.
The police arrested a 26 year old man from Purmerend on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the explosion on a houseboat on the Veerdijk in Wormer on April 13th.
The horror owl that attacked 50 people in Purmerend will remain in a shelter. Col Lamers, 59, who was the first victim of the owl this year pleaded alongside 1,700 other people for the release of the bird, reports AD. However, according to the municipality, that is not an option.
There was a large fire on Peperstraat in Purmerend on Sunday night. The fire broke out in a clothing store and quickly spread.
Another owl in the Netherlands is making the news. While the "horror owl" of Purmerend attacks people, the "cuddly owl" of Noordeinde companionably lands on passersby's heads, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The eagle owl that terrorized Purmerend since last March was caught by a falconer on Friday, the city revealed. At least one eagle owl is believed to be responsible for over fifty attacks on people, which increased dramatically in recent months.
The horror owl of Purmerend has struck again, claiming two more victims on Monday night.
The "horror owl", that has been terrorizing Purmerend for weeks, has struck again. This time injuring a news paper deliverer.