The mayors of the municipalities of Veenendaal, De Bilt and Utrechtse Heuvelrug want the Ministry of Defense to take over some police duties to fill the gaps caused by the national shortage of police officers. They want soldiers to help with patrolling and security, the mayors intended to say in a motion during the members meeting of the Dutch municipalities association VNG, NOS reports.
The vast majority of Dutch municipalities are staying out of the discussion around the appearance of Zwarte Piet at the Sinterklaas arrival parties in their cities. Only a small number set conditions regarding the controversial character in the Sinterklaas tradition, NOS reports after speaking to the 120 largest municipalities in the Netherlands, three quarters of which responded to the broadcaster's questions.
An explosive was found on De Markt in Veenendaal early on Thursday morning. The police closed down the area for investigation, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.
The suspicious item was spotted at around 4:00 a.m. Explosive experts were called in to examine it and determined that it was indeed an explosive.
The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department is currently working on safely removing the explosive from site.
The police are investigating.
Terrace De Werf in the Zeeland town of Veere is the best terrace in the Netherlands, according to the annual Top 100 ranking by Misset Horeca. Brasa in Purmerend and Pelle's in Deurningen took second and third place. Amsterdam's first spot on the ranking is in 8th place with terrace Barca.
Teachers and pupils at a secondary school in Veenendaal were shocked to find out that five new pupils at the school weren't high school kids at all, but actors placed at the school for a television program, De Volksrkant reports. Recordings for the RTL 4 program, called Klasse, have since been halted.
The Christelijk Lyceum Veenendaal (CLV) management organized a meeting in which the school admitted that it was aware that the five new pupils were actors. But the teachers and pupils had no idea and the revelation caused quite a bit of unrest last week, according to the newspaper.
Train traffic on the Arnhem-Utrecht route was disrupted on Wednesday afternoon due to a suspicious situation on a train. A man was arrested around 2:00 p.m. on a train at Veenendaal-De Klomp station. The man shouted that he had a bomb, witnesses said to Omroep Gelderland.
Exactly what happened is not clear. A police spokesperson told the Gelderlander that they received a report that the man wanted to hurt people.
Police officers and firefighters were attacked in Groningen and Utrecht over the weekend where young people on the street wreaked havoc with fireworks, authorities said. Fifteen people were arrest in connection with multiple incidents in the Paddepoel district of the city, AD reported.
It started when the fire department arrived in the district to put out a blaze, and had to respond again just an hour later when fire ignited again. On the second visit, heavy fireworks were lobbed at the firefighters causing police to respond.
The police arrested 11 people in Veenendaal for disrupting public order. The arrests were made at the end of Lampegietersavond - a regional holiday that signals the start of autumn, NOS reports.
Dozens of young people committed vandalism and poured flammable liquid over bushes during the celebrations. To make sure the bushes aren't set alight, the fire department doused them with water. Dangerous fireworks were also thrown and a number of young people are suspected of drug possession.
A 21-year-old man from Wijchen was sentenced to six years of imprisonment for a stabbing during a 2016 Kings Night celebration at a bar in Nijmegen. He will also have to pay financial compensation to the victims of 20,000 euros each.
A 28-year-old man from Ede was arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a 32-year-old transgender woman in Arnhem, the police announced. Exactly what role the police believe he played in Bianca from Venezuela's death, is not clear. He was arrested in Veenendaal, AD reports.
After the arrest, the police searched three homes in Ede, Veenendaal and Arnhem.
Students of the Christelijk Lyceum school in Veenendaal filled their school with 21,400 cups filled to the brim with water as an exam prank on Thursday morning. A video of the prank posted on Dutch video site Dumpert has been viewed nearly 207 thousand times.
"The exam pupils arrived at at school at half past five. Together with the concierge they filled the cups and put them down", the school's communication assistant Annet Dankelman said to the Gelderlander.
Police officers decked out in bulletproof vests responded to the Corridor shopping center in Veenendaal due to a "suspicious situation" on Wednesday morning. At least one person was arrested.
A spokesperson for the police would not tell the Gelderlander who was arrested, but did say that the person was "firearm dangerous". According to the newspaper, the arrest was made at the request of the National Office of the Public Prosecutor. The police's Special Intervention Team responded.
The Healthcare Inspectorate added three new nursing homes to its black list. Cato from The Hage, Care Residence Zonnestraal from Hilversum and Avondrust in Veenendaal all performed below par and are now under increased supervision, AD reports.
A 5-year-old boy died in hospital after bystanders rescued him from a ditch canal in Veenendaal on Monday. His friend, a 6-year-old who was rescued with him, escaped unharmed
Several dozen cars were broken into and had their airbags stole in Veenendaal during the early hours of Monday morning, the police revealed on Tuesday. Detectives are looking for witnesses.
One person was killed in a fire in an apartment on Poolster in Veenendaal early on Friday morning, a spokesperson for the Utrecht safety office confirmed to newspaper AD. A 16 year old resident of another apartment was taken to the hospital slightly wounded and released after treatment, according to the police.
A 60 year old woman was killed in a fire in an apartment building on Willem Alexanderpark in Veenendaal on Sunday morning, the police confirmed on Sunday.
Some children discovered a human skull in Veenendaal while playing on Saturday afternoon. The skull was found in the bushes at the edge of an event site.
The VVD beat the D66 with only 104 votes in the province of Utrecht in last Wednesday's provincial elections, Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen, who is also the chairman of the central electoral committee in the province, announced on Monday, NU reports.
A man and his dog was rescued from an oncoming train in the nick of time yesterday in Veenendaal.
Police in Veenendaal are investigating whether the large-scale fire on Saturday night was a case of arson. The fire ravaged a business park in the area. A police helicopter concluded that there were two sources of the fire.
The autumn storm Monday has claimed another life. A Harderwijk resident who came was hit by an uprooted tree during the storm, passed away Wednesday night, reported Harderwijk mayor Harm-Jan van Schaik Thursday on Twitter.
A severe storm from the southwest moved across The Netherlands on Monday. The KNMI issued a code red, the highest weather alert, for extreme weather in the west, center and north of the country. The alert was withdrawn around 14:45 pm.