Rotterdam

Amsterdam trams packed full on a snowy Monday morning, 11 Dec 2017
Mar 8 '19 15:30

Public transit workers in Amsterdam will strike for part of Monday, March 18th, as part of a national action day for better pensions, trade unions CNV, VCP and FNV announced. Amsterdam public transit company GVB confirmed the strike to Het Parool.

The police confiscated 14 cars during raids in Ypenburg in The Hague, 5 March 2019
Mar 6 '19 12:40

During raids in dozens of apartments in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, the police confiscated millions of euros in cash, five firearms, narcotics and 14 cars. A total of 18 people were arrested, the police said in a statement. 

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Feb 28 '19 07:23

An apartment complex on Galvanistraat in Rotterdam was evacuated on Wednesday evening due to flooding after a fire. A total of 250 people were asked to leave their homes. Two residents were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, NU.nl reports.

The fire was extinguished fairly quickly. It set off the building's sprinkler system, which caused a lot of water damage, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond said. A number of electrical installations were affected.

Vials of Insulin
Feb 22 '19 11:00

The Public Prosecution Service is definitely prosecuting Rotterdam nurse Rahiied A. for 11 cases of administering unnecessary insulin to patients in Rotterdam nursing homes. In four cases, the patient died as a result, the Prosecutor announced on Friday morning during a sixth pro-forma hearing in this case, NU.nl reports.

Frank Paauw
Feb 22 '19 07:43

Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw will succeed Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg as police chief in Amsterdam. The documents for Paauw's appointment are already at the Ministry of Justice and Security and only the final formalities are required, multiple sources at both the Rotterdam and Amsterdam police and the police's Central Works Council confirmed to Het Parool.

The expectation is that Paauw will start in Amsterdam in April, though that has not yet been confirmed.

Balloons
Feb 21 '19 15:20

Before the end of this year Rotterdam and The Hague will ban the release of balloons. The city council in both cities approved such a ban on Wednesday. Utrecht is also discussing a ban this week and the expectation is that a majority in the city council will be in favor, NOS reports.

Burger Bar in Amsterdam
Feb 21 '19 13:40

Two Amsterdam restaurants made it into the Europe's Top 50 Burgers ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. Not only did Burger Bar and The Beef Chief's burgers get into the top 50, but they made it into the top 10.

Burger Bar serves the 8th best burger in Europe. The company has three locations in Amsterdam and is easily one of Amsterdam's most popular burger joints, according to the site. "Perfect after a few beers", the site says about the burgers. 

Willem-Alexander
Feb 20 '19 15:00

King Willem-Alexander visited neighborhood Bospolder-Tussendijken in Rotterdam-West, known as one of the worse neighborhoods in the city, at the invitation of mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb on Tuesday. While the mayor invited the Dutch King, his visit was a complete surprise for local residents, NOS and the Volkskrant report.

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Feb 20 '19 09:09

The police released the identity and photo of the suspect in the murder of rap artist Feis in Rotterdam on New Year's morning. The suspect is 25-year-old Silfano Junior M., nickname 'Fano'. He was identified based on tips and extensive investigation, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

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Feb 19 '19 10:30

An estimated 200 taxi drivers will be protesting on the Malieveld in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon against ride-hailing service Uber. Before the protest, two convoys of taxis will travel to The Hague from Amsterdam and Rotterdam at low speeds, not exceeding 60 kilometers per hour. The taxi drivers expect to start their protest in The Hague just after noon, the Telegraaf reports.

Feb 13 '19 13:30

The court in Rotterdam gave a number of children conceived through a sperm donor clinic permission to use the DNA of fertility doctor Jan Karbaat to find out whether he used his own sperm to inseminate their mothers and is therefore their biological father. With this ruling on Wednesday the court in Rotterdam put an end to years of uncertainty for dozens of people, AD reports.

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Feb 11 '19 11:20

Rotterdam will give more of its Stadbeheer enforcement officers extra investigative powers to tackle nuisance on the streets. These special enforcement officers will be allowed to issue fines for 10 criminal offenses, mainly focused on nuisance, NOS reports.

Currently around 40 Rotterdam enforcers already have these powers. The municipality will now train another 80 enforcers to also write tickets. The expectation is that they can be used from May 1st.

A jogger exercising along the Veemkade in Amsterdam on a warm summer's day, 29 June 2018
Feb 5 '19 15:10

People with a healthy lifestyle - who don't smoke, are not overweight, and have healthy blood pressure - on average live six years longer than people with a more unhealthy lifestyle, according to the interim results of a long-term Rotterdam population study, NOS reports.

262 weapons surrendered to Rotterdam police during no-questions-asked action, 4 Feb 2019
Feb 5 '19 13:30

Over the past two weeks 262 weapons, including 60 firearms and 650 kilos of ammunition, were handed in to the Rotterdam police. The no-questions-asked surrender action came from a Rotterdam citizens' initiative intended to reduce the number of firearms in Rotterdam and its surroundings, NOS reports

Faisal Mssyeh, better known as Feis Ecktuh
Feb 5 '19 09:19

The 31-year-old brother of murdered rapper Feis woke up from his coma, the police announced. The man was seriously injured during the early morning hours of New Year's day in a shooting that left his brother dead.

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Feb 5 '19 07:58

The Rotterdam region and the Flevopolder are true hotspots for speed traps, according to app Flitsmeister's top 10 list for the places in the Netherlands where mobile speed cameras were most often mounted in 2018, AD reports.

Flitsmeister is a smartphone app that warn users when they approach a mobile or permanent speed camera. The app does this based on information provided by the users themselves, among other things. Flitsmeister also provides information on traffic jams, accidents and stationary vehicles.

13.3 kilos of meth and 1.2 kilos of cocaine found in an apartment on Kees Pijlstraat in Rotterdam, 30 Jan 2019
Feb 1 '19 10:00

The police found over 13 kilograms of crystal meth and 1.2 kilograms of cocaine in an apartment on Kees Pijlstraat in Rotterdam on Wednesday. A 35-year-old man was arrested.

Officially the apartment is registered as vacant, but patrolling police officers previously noticed signs of someone living there. At the time, no one was home. When the police returned on Wednesday, they found a 35-year-old man who claimed to live in the apartment. 

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Feb 1 '19 09:11

A young woman who seemed to be abducted in Rotterdam on Wednesday evening, was found safe and sound, the police said on Twitter.

A witness called the police about a possible kidnapping on Paul Krugerstraat in Rotterdam on Wednesday evening. The police looked at surveillance camera footage and saw the woman being pushed into a car by two men. The police immediately launched an investigation.

Handcuffs
Jan 29 '19 13:40

The police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Monday for taking a firearm to his school in Rotterdam Zuid. The illegal gun belongs to his parents, who were also arrested. The gun was found in a 15-year-old classmate's bag. This boy was also arrested, AD reports.

A spokesperson for the police would not tell AD whether the firearm was loaded, or which school was involved. 

The 14-year-old's mother called the school because the boy had the gun over the weekend and she was worried that he took it to school with him. The school then called the police. 

Black Fashion Week Rotterdam guests evacuated from the Wings Hotel after a bomb threat, 26 Jan 2019
Jan 28 '19 12:30

A fashion show for Black Fashion Week at the Wings Hotel in Rotterdam was cut short on Saturday evening. The hotel, located at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat. The Koninklijke Marechausee searched the hotel with sniffer dogs, but no explosives were found, NU.nl reports.

The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military, reported on Twitter that the hotel was being searched at around 8:00 p.m. Some 75 minutes later, the Marechaussee reported that there were no explosives at the hotel.

Explosion at sisha lounge Villa Blanca on Schiedamseweg in Rotterdam, 1 Dec 2018
Jan 25 '19 10:20

The municipality of Rotterdam placed the 43 sisha lounges in the city under stricter supervision, following complaints from residents and an explosion at a sisha lounge in Rotterdam West in December. Earlier this week the police announced that the explosion at Villa Blanca was an attack, NOS reports.

Traffic in Arnhem from Snow
Jan 22 '19 18:26

It was a record-setting day in The Netherlands on Tuesday, but in a particularly good way. Traffic jams stuffed up 2,287 kilometers of Dutch roadways, what traveler's association ANWB called a new record.

The jams were nearly double that which was recorded on November 1, the worst date of 2018.

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB. A snow storm that started on the west coast in the morning was slowly making its way east, and was still expected to hover over the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Gelderland, Limburg, and parts of Flevoland and Noord-Brabant past 6 p.m.

Handcuffs
Jan 22 '19 16:30

The police arrested a second suspect in the investigation into the murder of Kemal Zengin in front of his home in Venlo in August 2017. The 27-year-old man from Rotterdam is suspected of involvement in stealing the car that was used in the shooting, the police said in a statement.

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