Seven men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of 2,500 kilograms of hemp in a container of charcoal at the port of Rotterdam in July, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
The hemp was hidden in a shipment of charcoal that arrived at the port from Nigeria on July 18th. Customs officers discovered the drugs with the help of a container scan and a sniffer dog, according to the Prosecutor. The hemp was removed from the container and destroyed, and the container was sent to its destination.
The risk of a bubble forming in the Dutch housing market is increasing, though it is currently limited to popular markets like Amsterdam and Utrecht, Rabobank said in a quarterly report. Driven by renewed confidence in the economy and low interest rates, home buyers are increasingly buying above the asking price in the expectation that house prices will continue to rise for a long time, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.
A pedagogical assistant of childcare organization Patrou in De Bilt is suspected of sexually abusing two girls. The 27-year-old man from Utrecht is currently in custody, the Public Prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday. Parents are appalled. "We are very shocked", one father said to the Telegraaf. "You trust them with your children after all. In addition, I've never had a bad feeling at Patrou."
The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports.
Utrecht couple Scarlet and Joyce are searching for a sperm donor with a YouTube video. They hope to find a donor that fits them well with the video, as earlier attempts to find a donor through more regular channels mostly led to weird reactions, AD reports.
The couple is very active on social media, where they share a lot about their personal lives and the daily challenges they face. Their YouTube channel Ik Vrouw Van Jou has more than 41 thousand subscribers. They therefore decided to share this call with their followers.
An criminal gang suspected of trafficking hard drugs from the Netherlands to Australia was arrested in an international police action, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. A total of 17 suspects were arrested, including two Dutch.
A 33-year-old man from Utrecht and a 47-year-old man from Huizen were arrested in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The Dutch police became involved in this case, called Operation Veyda, after the Australian police asked the Netherlands to investigate the origin of drugs trafficked to the country.
The Dutch national women's football team was celebrated and honored for their European Championship victory in Utrecht on Monday evening. Some 12 thousand fans cheered the Oranje Lionesses as they sailed over the Stadsbuitengracht and then took the stage in Lepelunburg Park for the official ceremony, NU.nl reports.
The police chased two suspects of an ATM bombing down and arrested them in Huizen during the early hours of Monday morning. The ATM bombing happened earlier that night in Emsdetten, Germany - abut 50 kilometers from Enschede, NU.nl reports.
The Netherlands national women's football team beat England 3-0 on Thursday night and thereby progressed to the European Women's Championship finals for the first time ever, according to ANP. The Oranje women will be facing off against Denmark in Enschede on Sunday. Should they win the cup, the Dutch team will be honored in a celebration ceremony in Utrecht on Monday evening.
Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper.
The police are planning an experiment in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht in which they will more intensely target ATM bombers and ram-raiders. The experiment involves stopping these criminals by following them very obviously and annoyingly, taking their illegally earned money and also keeping an eye on their family members, NOS reports.
An ATM bombing in Germany early on Tuesday morning, ended in a car crash in the city of Utrecht. The perpetrators fled afoot and the police are still looking for them, AD reports.
The bombing happened in Wessel, a few dozen kilometers from the border at Arnhem. The German police gave chase and called in their Dutch colleagues when the Audi the perpetrators were driving crossed the border into the Netherlands.
A cyclist was critically injured in an accident on Marnixlaan in Utrecht on Sunday night. The motorist fled the scene of the accident and is still at large, Hart van Nederland reports.
The 25-year-old cyclist was hit by the car near the crossing with Laan van Chartoise. He landed on the asphalt about 50 meters after the crossing. The victim was rushed to the hospital.
The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
The central stations in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht will soon again have a large screen showing train information, NS announced. According to the rail company, the large screens are returning due to many requests from travelers.
NS does not yet know how big the screens will be. "But it will be a big screen with travel information", a spokesperson said to NOS. "The small screens will also continue to exist, but such a large screen is a good central point so you can quickly see when your train is leaving."
A 34-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed to death at her home in the Utrecht town of Lopik on Monday night. It seems that the stabbing was the result of a domestic dispute, because the woman's 41-year-old boyfriend is a suspect. He fled their home shortly after the fatal stabbing and the police are still looking for him.
Terrorist group ISIS called for a terrorist attack during the European Women's Championship football match in Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht on July 19th. The call was placed on a pro-ISIS telegram channel according to RTL Nieuws.
England and Scotland will be playing in the affected match.
Airbnb and other home-sharing sites like Wimdu and HomeAway cause stress for the owners of traditional hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites in the Netherlands, according to a survey by Statistics Netherlands. The survey showed that a quarter of Dutch accommodation owners experience competition from home sharing.
The Dutch police arrested two men for harassing at least eight families in very random ways. The victims were saddled with large pizza deliveries they didn't order, magazine subscriptions they never signed up for and in some cases even had sex workers and hearses showing up at their doors, AD reports.
Political parties in Utrecht are fighting over which snacks to serve in the city hall. A proposal was recently accepted to serve at least 50 percent vegetarian or vegan snacks during meetings. The local VVD is now fighting to keep their bitterballen - a deep fried, meat based Dutch snack.
The number of diesel cars from before 2001 on Dutch roads decreased again last year, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. Nationwide the number of old passenger and commercial cars dropped by 18 percent compared to 2015 and by a massive 73 percent compared to 2010. The decline was greatest in the Dutch cities that took specific measures to get these polluting cars off the street.
The province of Utrecht and construction company BAM will soon start placing solar panels on a 20 meter stretch of the N401 provincial road near Kockengen. In this renewable energy experiment, they want to find out how efficient the solar panels located on a road are, and how the materials hold up under traffic, the Telegraaf reports.
The experiment will be done with a solar "mat" produced in France. It comes equipped with a protective layer that will protect the solar panels from traffic.
Amsterdam made it to fourth place in a ranking of Europe's most dynamic cities by Savills Investment Management. The ranking shows which cities are most suitable for commercial real estate investments. London, Paris and Cambridge are the top three most dynamic cities on the continent, Het Parool reports.
This weekend the Dutch police pulled over and checked dozens of motorists and motorcyclists heading towards the TT Assen motorcycle race on the A28 near Utrecht and the Flevopolder. Officers confiscated 28 licenses due to speeding and antisocial driving behavior, AD reports.
A massive 105 fines were issued on the A28 between Utrecht and Nijkerk and 155 official reports were filed. The road users were fined for various violations.