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Pedestrians fight the wind in Amsterdam, 3 Jan 2018
Jan 3 '18 10:19

Meteorological institute KNMI increased its from a code yellow to a code orange for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, and the Wadden islands. Very strong winds up to 130 kilometers are expected.

A code yellow warning is still in effect for the rest of the country. 

Blown down tree lands on a car in Rotterdam, 3 Jan 2017
Jan 3 '18 08:10

With the, the first storm damage reports of the year are also coming in. According to Weerplaza, a gust of 141 kilometers per hour was measured in Vlissingen early on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Jan 2 '18 14:22

One person was killed as the result of a shooting on Socratesstraat in the southern part of Rotterdam around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.  Police reported that the victim was struck by several bullets, but found alive by first responders.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The man died in the hospital on Saturday evening. 

People line up at a food truck in Amsterdam Oost to buy oliebollen in time for New Year's, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '18 13:08

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.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '18 10:54

New Year's celebrations with fireworks in the Netherlands generally go hand-in-hand with dozens of firework related injuries, and this year was no exception. The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam already admitted eight people with a total of 10 injured eyes. And dozens of people were admitted to hospital with burns and other firework related injuries.

New Year's fireworks at the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, 1 Jan 2018
Jan 1 '18 09:41

At midnight the Netherlands welcomed 2018. Thousands of people attended firework shows in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague, despite the rainy and windy weather. A few fireworks shows had to be canceled due to the weather conditions, NU.nl reports.

The National Fireworks show on and around the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam continued without too many adjustments, according to the newspaper. An estimated 60 thousand people came to watch the fireworks.

A police officer aiming his service weapon
Jan 1 '18 08:44

The Netherlands rang in the new year with several shooting incidents. Two people were injured in shootings in Capelle aan den IJssel and the Groningen village of 't Zandt. In Roosendaal the police shot a man suspected of threatening others with a firearm. And police officers fired warning shots at fleeing suspects in Rotterdam.

Tourists line up for canal boat tours in Amsterdam
Dec 30 '17 12:23

Periodic rain showers could dampen New Year's celebrations on Sunday night and Monday morning, according to several weather forecasts for the Netherlands. Southern border provinces can expect high temperatures of 13 degrees, while the rest of the country could peak at 12 degrees, the Dutch national weather service KNMI stated. This could break the New Year's Day warm weather record of 12.3 degrees set in 2006.

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Dec 29 '17 16:15

Six people accused of rioting at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam will be prosecuted for violent crimes, the Dutch public prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. came to a boiling point a few hours after it became clear she would not be allowed to speak at a rally in front of the consulate.

Oliebollen
Dec 28 '17 16:00

Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.

Police guard in a detention center
Dec 28 '17 08:46

The Public Prosecutor released two of four men who were from custody. The other two men will be arraigned on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Investigation into a 30-year-old man from Delft and a 23-year-old from Gouda did not reveal any indications of involvement in terrorism, the Prosecutor said. They were released from custody on Wednesday, but remain suspects.

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Dec 26 '17 15:40

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb caused a social media uproar with an interview on NPO Radio 1 in which he said that "every Muslim is a bit of a salafist". PVV leader Geert Wilders called for Aboutaleb's resignation.

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Dec 26 '17 14:20

The police arrested four men in Rotterdam on Sunday evening on suspicion of involvement in terrorism, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday. The suspects are three Dutch men and one Swedish man.

A foreign police service informed the Dutch authorities about the 29-year-old Swede's possible involvement in terrorism. He arrived in the Netherlands on a plane from Stockholm on Sunday afternoon. The police kept an eye on him, and arrested him with the three Dutch men early in the evening. 

A Coolblue package
Dec 26 '17 11:40

Pieter Zwart, CEO of Coolblue, was assaulted and robbed near the Hotel New York in Rotterdam on Friday night. Zwart was treated in hospital and was then allowed to go home, RTV Rijnmond reports.

A 23-year-old man with no fixed place of residence was arrested. A second suspect fled.

Why Zwart was attacked is not yet known. According to the police, he was hit on the head and lost consciousness for a time. A person who tried to help him, was also attacked.

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Dec 26 '17 10:56

A man was wounded in a shooting on Groepstraat in Rotterdam on Monday night, the police said on Twitter. This was the fifth shooting incident in Rotterdam over the past six days.

The shooting happened around 9:00 p.m. The victim was shot in the legs, according to the police. He was taken to hospital. Two suspects were arrested. The police are investigating their involvement in this incident.

Maurice Meeuwissen and Geert Wilders
Dec 22 '17 10:30

The PVV in Rotterdam found a new faction leader for the municipal election in March. Maurice Meeuwissen will lead Geert Wilders' anti-Islam party in the city, Wilders announced on Twitter. 

Dec 21 '17 14:25

A doctor was held hostage at the Velthuis clinic on Jan Leentvaarlaan in Rotterdam for some time on Thursday afternoon. He has since been rescued. The police are searching for the perpetrator, NU.nl reports.

The doctor was bound and threatened with a firearm, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to the newspaper. Someone inside the clinic called the police around 1:00 p.m. Emergency services responded en masse. The building was evacuated, and the doctor was cut free. He was taken to a hospital for observation. No one was injured, the police spokesperson said.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a double assassination on Rhijnauwensingel in Rotterdam, 20 Dec 2017
Dec 21 '17 07:24

Two men were killed in a shooting on Rhijnauwensingel in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Beverwaard around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Given the large number of shots fired, the police believe this was an assassination. The victims were 25 and 26 years old, both from Rotterdam, RTL Nieuws report.

Dutch police officers arrest a suspect
Dec 20 '17 07:31

Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw is very concerned about the increasing number of incidents involving mentally disturbed people. This year the Rotterdam police dealt with 8,200 such incidents, compared to 7 thousand in 2016. "Disturbed people kill more people than terrorism", Paauw said during a press conference about the Rotterdam Police's year, NU.nl reports.

Right-wing extremist group Voorpost claims it patrols the dunes in Hoek van Holland for undocumented migrants, 17 Dec 2017
Dec 18 '17 12:50

The CDA in the Rotterdam city council wants clarification about "patrols" right-wing extremist group Voorpost claims they perform in the dunes in Hoek van Holland. In a statement on Sunday, Voorpost said their members patrol the dunes looking for undocumented migrants. According to the CDA, such searches jeopardize public order and are "highly undesirable", AD reports.

PVV leader Geert Wilders announcing the candidates for the Rotterdam faction, with Géza Hegedüs (right) and Marjan Gonsalves (left), 14 Dec 2017
Dec 18 '17 10:48

PVV leader Geert Wilders fired Géza Hegedüs as faction leader in Rotterdam on Friday after it was revealed that he expressed support for Holocaust denier David Irving in 2014. This happened just one day after , overshadowing the PVV's participation in the municipal elections in Rotterdam.

Arrest
Dec 15 '17 10:10

On Thursday the police arrested 25-year-old Soufyan M. during a car check in Amsterdam. M. was on the national wanted list since he went on the run after being sentenced to four years in prison for a robbery in Rotterdam

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Dec 15 '17 08:32

A forensic investigation team dug up a body in a cemetery in Heerjansdam, near Barendrecht, on Thursday. This was done by order of the Public Prosecutor in an investigation into a nursing home worker suspected of murdering elderly patients by intentionally giving them an overdose of insulin, AD reports.

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Dec 14 '17 14:40

Pro-diveristy party DENK will be taking part in the municipal elections in Rotterdam next year, party leader Tunahan Kuzu announced in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. He did this at the Essalam mosque - in the same place, and just moments before, anti-Islam PVV leader was set to announce the faction leader for the PVV in Rotterdam, AD reports.

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