Homeless shelters in the four large Dutch cities are overcrowded and the number of homeless people is increasing, according to the courts of audit for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. A big reason for this is the shortage of housing, which means that no home can be found where a homeless person can start building a new life, according to the auditors, RTL Nieuws reports.
One person was hurt in a shooting on Strevelsweg in Rotterdam-Zuid around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Four suspects were arrested, the police said on Twitter.
The wounded person was taken to hospital. The police closed down the street for investigation. Exactly what happened is not yet clear.
A short time later the police received another report of a second shooting on Lepelaarsingel, about a kilometer away, According to RTV Rijnmond. This turned out to be a false alarm, a police spokesperson said around 6:00 p.m.
A hand grenade was found at nightclub Villa Thalia on Kruiskade in the center of Rotterdam on Wednesday. The explosive was lying at the entrance of the club, RTL Nieuws reports.
An employee spotted the object and called the police. The area around the club, including a nearby parking garage, was closed for some time for investigation.
Explosive experts were deployed to the scene. "The object was removed and taken to a safe place for further investigation", a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. He could not confirm whether the hand grenade was real.
Last week the police arrested over 100 people in a nationwide campaign against so-called 'mobile banditry' - gangs of criminals that travel from place to place to commit crimes. The detainees include shoplifters, baby formula thieves, pickpockets, drug traffickers, identity thieves and even a fake cop, the police said in a statement on Monday night.
The nationwide action was held between Tuesday and Friday last week. Multiple people were arrested at Amsterdam Central Station for pickpocketing, or attempts thereto.
The police fired shots while raiding a squatted building in the Oude Noorden district of Rotterdam during the early hours of Monday morning. One man was shot in the leg by the police and arrested, NOS reports.
Police officers raided the squatted building on Bergweg based on a report of firearm use in or around the building.
At the scene officers saw a man leaving the building and ordered him to stop. But when the man saw the cops, he ran off. Warning shots did not make him stop, and the police eventually shot him in the leg. He was arrested.
The police arrested a prisoner that escaped while being transported to a prison in Grave on Monday. The 39-year-old man was caught in a cafe in Rotterdam on Thursday night, the Public Prosecutor said on Friday.
The Belgian man, who has lived in the Netherlands for 30 years, was taken to a detention center. He is known for property crime and is suspected of fraud in the Netherlands. He's been in custody since August.
The nursing departments of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam are being transferred to a new building on Friday. A total of 80 patients will be transported - in their beds - from the old location Daniel den Hoed in Rotterdam Zuid to the new building on 's-Gravendijkwal in the city center. Seriously ill patients will be transported by ambulance, NU.nl reports.
The police responded to Lekhaven in Rotterdam on Tuesday afternoon after getting a report of a body in the water. The police initially also thought it was a human body, but closer investigation showed that the body was that of a dead dog, ANP reports.
The report of the body came in around 5:00 p.m. The police responded, also sending forensic investigators to the scene.
After around an hour of investigation, the police determined that the object was not a human body, but the body of a dog.
A mother of three children who firefighters rescued from a burning apartment in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Thursday night, was arrested. The woman is suspected of negligence, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
Firefighters and local residents rescued three children from a burning apartment on Grienderwaard in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde on Thursday night. The children suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital for treatment, AD reports.
A 28-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having and selling hacked PayPal accounts, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The police got wind of this man after dismantling the Hansa Market - one of the largest illegal marketplaces on the Dark Web - in June last year. The dismantling of this marketplace gave the police's High Tech Crime team insight into a number of sellers and buyers, not only in hard drugs but also other items.
Anti-Islam movement Pegida is planing to roast pigs on the spit in front of five mosques during Ramadan. The action is planned for mosques in Arnhem, Gouda, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, during the evening prayer, AD reports.
NS will be running longer trains on the high-speed line from January, in an effort to cope with increased passengers. The Intercity Direct trains on this line will be expanded from six to seven carriages, a spokesperson for NS confirmed to NU.nl.
The number of passengers on the high-speed line between Amsterdam and Rotterdam increased by 25 percent over the past year, instead of the expected 10 percent.
Rents in the Netherlands free sector continue to rise, especially outside the four large cities. The average rental price in the Netherlands increased by nearly 6 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures rental housing site Pararius released on Tuesday, NOS reports.
The number of registered crimes in the Netherlands decreased again last year and is now back at the level of 1980, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Crime in the Netherlands increased steadily at the start of this century, but decreased considerably over the past few years. Last year 49 crimes were registered per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 93 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2001 and 2002, NOS reports.
Five people were arrested after a shooting on Achterharingvliet in Rotterdam city center on Friday morning. No one was injured in the shooting, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The police believe that shots were fired from a vehicle at a van. The police immediately stopped a van and arrested the five people in side.
The other car sped away towards the A16.
The police arrested a 33-year-old woman in an investigation into the death of a baby in Rotterdam. The woman is the mother of the 7-month-old boy, the police said in a statement.
The child was found dead in a home on Mathenesserdijk in Rotterdam-West on Wednesday morning. A mobile medical team was deployed to the scene, but the baby boy could not be saved.
Anti-terrorism unit DSI performed a major drill at Rotterdam subway station Blaak during the early hours of Thursday morning. They practiced a scenario involving a terrorist attack happening on King's Day, NOS reports.
Dozens of extras decked out in orange clothing took part in the drill, to make the exercise as realistic as possible. Multiple volunteers played injured people. During the exercise, members of the DSI had to disable the "terrorists" and evacuate the wounded, according to the broadcaster. Dozens of DSI members took part in the drill.
The body of a baby was found in a home on Mathenesserdijk in Rotterdam-West on Wednesday morning. The police are at the scene, AD reports.
At this stage nothing is known about the circumstances in which the baby died. According to the police, the child was 7 months old.
The police closed down the area with crime scene tape. Forensic Investigators are also at the scene.
The parents of the child were in the home when the police arrived, according to AD. The father was taken to a police station for a statement.
Almost all regions in the Netherlands saw economic growth last year. The Groningen region was the only one to see its economy shrink. The regions around Eindhoven and Almere saw the strongest growth, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
In both the Eindhoven and Almere regions, the economy grew by 4.9 percent last year compared to 2016. In Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant - Eindhoven and its surroundings - last year's economic growth was mainly supported by industry and business services. In Almere, lease companies in particular contributed to the economic growth.
A 27-year-old man from The Hague was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of involvement in the death of 17-year-old Orlando Boldewijn from Rotterdam. The suspect is the owner of a fishing boat on which Oralndo was seen the night of his disappearance, a source told newspaper AD.
Over the past year multiple elderly people were abused in nursing home De Leeuwenhoek in Rotterdam by staff and fellow residents, Trouw reports based on witness testimony and supporting documents.
The abuse ranges from verbal aggression to physical violence, according to the newspaper. An anonymous source also told Trouw that staff steal from the elderly residents and that the residents sometimes don't get the medicine they need.