The Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam, the largest mosque in the Netherlands, decided to break ties with imam Said Abarkan over Salafist remarks he made in the past. The decision was made after extensive deliberation. "We're parting ways in good consultation. In the interest of the future of the mosque. He understands that", Abdel Sadni said to AD on behalf of the mosque.
With the housing shortage and ever increasing land prices in the Netherlands, Dutch municipalities and developers are increasingly building skyward. The Netherlands currently counts 26 residential towers of more than 100 meters high. That number will more than double to 55, if all construction work currently on the books goes according to plan, AD reports based on its own research.
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.
The official valuations of Dutch homes, called the WOZ value in the Netherlands, increased for the fourth consecutive year. On January 1st, the average home in the Netherlands was worth 248 thousand euros, 7.8 percent more than in 2018. That is both the highest price ever and the biggest increase in years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
Joel S., the man who confessed to murdering Sarah Papenheim in her Rotterdam student home in December, claims that he acted in self defense. In a statement to the police, he said that the 21-year-old American student attacked him first, Sebas Diekstra, the lawyer representing the young woman's mother, said based on the case file, AD reports.
Multiple shots were fired on Kreefstraat in Rotterdam, near the Alexandrium shopping center, on Tuesday morning. As far as is known, no one was hurt, the police said on Twitter. Shortly after the shooting, a car was hijacked a short distance away. The police assume that the two incidents are related.
Witnesses told Rijnmond.nl that someone opened fire on a black Range Rover from another car. A man and a woman were sitting in the Range Rover. One of them got out and shot at the other car, which drove away with three people inside.
By 2035 the population of the Netherlands will count 18.3 million people, 1 million more than in 2019, according to Statistics Netherlands and the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL. Most of the population growth will happen in the large and medium-sized cities, and the municipalities around them. But 1 in 5 municipalities will also shrink, especially on the edges of the Netherlands.
A 20-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at Capelsebrug subway station in Rotterdam on Monday morning. The victim was a 20-year-old man from Lekkerkerk, the police said in a statement.
The stabbing happened on the platform of Cepelsebrug subway station towards De Terp at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The painting Woman with Eyes Closed by British artist Lucian Freud, which was stolen from the Rotterdam Kunsthal in 2012, still seems to be circulating in the criminal underworld, art detective Arthur Brand said to NU.nl based on a photo he saw of the painting.
A person was stabbed to death at the Capelsebrug subway station in Rotterdam on Monday morning following what witnesses described as a scuffle. The perpetrator is still at large, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter.
Emergency services, including a trauma team by helicopter, responded to the subway station on Abraham van Rijckevorseplein just before 10:00 a.m. First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. They died at the scene. So far the police released no information regarding the victim's identity.
The court may show video footage of the murder of 16-year-old Humeyra at her Rotterdam school during the trial against suspected gunman Bekir E., was revealed during a proforma hearing on Thursday. The trail against E. and his suspected accomplice Mohammed Al-M. will likely start in November, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 12 years in prison against 29-year-old twin brothers Kevin and Melvin M. for their involvement in the violent death of their cousin Stuart Markiet and for disposing of his body. The brothers deny having anything to do with the 41-year-old Schiedam man's death, the Telegraaf reports.
"With all due respect Mr. Judge. You've asked us a hundred questions, but we did not kill Stuart", Melvin M. said in court on Thursday.
Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.
National Police chief Erik Akerboom is calling on the government to equip police officers with tasers. An incident in Rotterdam last week, in which a cop was knocked out by a member of a wedding procession, is not an isolated incident, according to the police chief. "As the police, we must increasingly enforce authority. People do not want to be corrected", he said to the Telegraaf.
The Public Prosecutor demanded four years in prison against 38-year-old John H. for assault resulting in death. The Rotterdam security guard is suspected of kicking an party goer so hard in the stomach that he later died of internal injuries, NU.nl reports.
A joint investigation by Dutch, British and Belgian police forces resulted in the seizure of nearly 1.3 tons of heroin at the port of Felixstowe in Great Britain. The drugs had a street value of around 130 million euros. Four men were arrested in Rotterdam for involvement in trafficking the drugs to the Netherlands, the Dutch police and British National Crime Agency (NCA) announced on Wednesday.
Rents in the Netherlands continue to rise. In July, the average rents were 2.5 percent higher than in the same month last year. The highest increases happened in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The rents of social housing owned by housing corporations increased by 2 percent. Rents for social housing owned by other landlords and rents in free-sector housing both increased by 3.3 percent. In all three categories, the rents increased more than last year.
A 27-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested in the investigation into a large batch of cocaine seized at the port of Rotterdam early in June. The police think that this batch of cocaine may also be linked to the disappearance of Mohamed Anaya, who disappeared from Rotterdam on June 14th.
In the first half of this year, the Dutch police registered 5,113 cases of aggression and violence against police officers. These figures are usually released on an annual basis, but the police decided to release provisional figures at the media's request after four cops were injured during arrests in Rotterdam over the weekend, NOS reports.
Four police officers were injured in Rotterdam while making arrests in the city over the weekend. One officer broke his arm and two others sustained bruises and abrasions during an arrest on Saturday. The fourth was knocked out by a man in a wedding procession on Friday.
The police arrested a 29-year-old man from The Hague and a 27-year-old woman from Amsterdam in connection with two hand grenade incidents in Rotterdam in March, the police said in a statement.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in Rotterdam, the song festival announced on Friday. The semi finals will be held on Tuesday May 12th and Thursday May 14th, with grand final scheduled for Saturday May 16th. Rotterdam Ahoy will be the venue, NOS reports.
When selecting the location, the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest looked at the technical suitability of the location, surrounding facilities, availability and financial contribution from the municipality. Rotterdam emerged as the favorite.
A man from Slovakia ended up in a Rotterdam police station on Wednesday night, looking for help. The man was on his way to visit his mother in the English town of Rotherham, but instead accidentally bought a ticket to Rotterdam, the police said on Twitter.
The traveler was accidentally sold a ticket to the second-largest city in the Netherlands because "both his articulation and topographical knowledge are not very good", the police said. The man showed up at the police station with no money, and also no ability to speak either Dutch or English.
The names of the ten municipalities that will participate in the Dutch government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation leaked on Wednesday evening. In addition to Breda, Tilburg and Almere, which were already known, the other municipalities are Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Zaanstad, Heerlen, and Hellevoetsluis, ANP reports.