Air quality in Dutch city centers will meet European standards by the end of this year, according to a new prognoses State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure presented to parliament on Monday. To help achieve this goal, Van Veldhoven is pushing 10 million euros extra into measures to improve air quality in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht, ANP reports.
The Kanaleneiland police station in Utrecht received hundreds of cards and letters expressing support for a police officer injured after an explosion in an apartment building in the city on Thursday. Dozens of bunches of flowers were delivered, and social media is also flooded with messages for the police officer, NOS reports.
"We feel the support. Overwhelming", a police officer said to RTV Utrecht.
A 70-year-old man from Utrecht was arrested in connection with an explosion and fire in an apartment building on Marshalllaan in the city on Thursday night, the police said in a statement.
The man showed up at a police station and said he was involved in the incident. According to the police, he is "probably the resident" of the apartment in which the explosion happened.
NN Groep is selling a portfolio of 6,777 homes to residential investor Vesteda for 1.5 billion euros, the two parties announced on Friday. This is one of the biggest deals ever on the Dutch rental housing market. Vesteda CEO Gertjan van der Baan called the scope of the deal unique, NU.nl reports.
An apartment building on Marshalllaan in Utrecht was rocked by an explosion in one of the apartments on Thursday evening. The police later found a body in the apartment. A police officer was seriously injured, the police said on Twitter.
The explosion happened on the first floor of the apartment building, according to NU.nl. Fire broke out in several apartments. One home in the building burned out completely.
Two brothers from Utrecht and a woman from Alphen aan den Rijn were arrested on for financing terrorism. They sent money to three men suspected of joining terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq. The three jihadists are the brothers of the two Utrecht men, and the woman used to date one of them, NOS reports.
Family members of key witness Nabil B. went abroad with the help of the Dutch judiciary to go into hiding. They can not return to the Netherlands because there is insufficient capacity to protect them, the Telegraaf reports based on information from sources around assassinations investigation Marengo.
The Marengo investigation involves several murders among a new, relatively young generation of criminals. A number of gunmen have already been caught and tried, but the order givers are still at large. Nabil B. plays an important role in this investigation.
The police released new photos of Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki. Key witness Nabil B. named Taghi as the person who ordered several assassinations and attempts thereto in the Netherlands. Razzouki is a known accomplice of Taghi, according to newspaper AD.
Investigators believe that Taghi at least is abroad and he was also placed on international wanted lists.
Anne Faber's family had the chance to speak in court on Tuesday during the second day of the trail against her suspected murderer Michael P. "Anne, full of joy, only 25, so innocently out on a bike ride. The perpetrator destroyed everything. Her life, our lives and the lives of everyone who loved her", the young Utrecht woman's father said in court, NOS reports.
"Honestly, I think I should have the right to punish the perpetrator myself. I have such pain in my heart", Anne's father continued. "Anne is the most precious and vulnerable thing in my life, along with my son Rogier."
The chance that the Vuelta a España will start in Utrecht in 2020 increased considerably on Monday. The Provincial States made a contribution of 2.1 million euros available for the organization involved in being the cycling event's starting point, NU.nl reports.
Michael P. stated that he killed 25-year-old Anne Faber after he raped her because she called for help, was revealed during the first day of the trial against him on Monday.
P. said he wanted to let Faber go after the rape. But when she saw a cyclist and called for help, he stabbed her to death with a knife to keep her quiet.
Hundreds of students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies - a condition that causes itching and rashes - over the past months, infection expert Jan van der Have of public health institute GGD Groningen confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday.
Utrecht wants to build a second intercity station and a new tram line or express bus lane to cope with the region's explosive growth. The city and province therefore asked the national government for billions of euros to achieve this, Utrecht traffic alderman Lot van Hooijdonk confirmed to NOS.
Utrecht is the fastest growing region in the Netherlands, with some 140 thousand new homes set to be built in the province over the next 12 years.
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.
The municipality of Utrecht reprimanded a childcare center in the neighborhood of Lunetten because of a striptease with whipped cream that happened in the facility during daycare hours. The incident was reported to the Childcare Inspectorate in February, NU.nl reports.
According to the municipality, the striptease happened in the hall of the building. A man wearing no shirt dance around an adult female employee while spraying whipped cream and licking it off. Exactly where the whipped cream was sprayed, is unclear. The incident was filmed.
An intruder broke into a home on Maliesingel in Utrecht on Wednesday night. He assaulted the resident and left him tied up while he searched the home for valuables. The police are looking for witnesses.
According to the police, the man came into the house through a window around 11:00 p.m. The resident was assaulted and tied up. The perpetrator searched through the home and eventually left around 00:30 a.m., taking cash and other items with him.
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.
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.
A woman who jumped out of a 4th floor window with her 2-year-old child in Overvecht on Thursday night, called for help through that same window on Sunday, neighbors told the Telegraaf.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment building on Othellodreef, near Utrecht Overvecht station. Both mother and child survived, but their current condition is unknown.
A woman and her 2-year-old child were both seriously injured in a fall from a 4th floor apartment in Overvecht on Thursday night. The woman jumped out of the window with the child in her arms, the police confirmed to the Telegraaf on Friday morning.
Mother and child were rushed to hospital. Their current condition is unknown. "It's a miracle that both survived", a police spokesperson said to the newspaper.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. at an apartment building on Othellodreef, near Utrecht Overvecht station. Bystanders found the woman and child in some bushes.
A motorist deliberately bumped into another motorist at high speed multiple times on the A27 highway between Geertruidenberg and Werkendam on Saturday afternoon. No one was hurt. The police are looking for witnesses.
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.
The body of a man was found in a car parked on Johan Wagenaarkade in Utrecht on Monday morning. The police are at the scene.
The police reported the discovery of the body around 10:45 a.m. on Twitter. An air ambulance was called up, but canceled before it took off, according to AD. So far the police said nothing about how the victim died.
The area around the car was screened off by the police.
The body of a man was found on Kroonstraat in Utrecht just after midnight on Thursday. The police are investigating.
Passersby found the body and called the police, AD reports. Part of the street was closed down as a crime scene for forensic investigation. The police left the area just after 6:00 a.m.
Exactly what happened to the man is not yet clear.