An attempt to break Omar L. from the prison in Zutphen earlier this month very nearly succeeded, and only failed because the battery of the angle grinder saw used by the suspects ran out, the Telegraaf reports based on information from sources within the prison and around the criminal investigation into the attempted prison break.
Four men were arrested on Sunday afternoon for trying to break convict Omar L. out of the prison in Zutphen, where he is serving a life sentence. The four suspects all have French nationality and a background in North Africa, the Telegraaf reports based on "well informed" sources around the investigation.
The suspects crashed a delivery van into the Zutphen prison's gate at around 10:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, the police said in a statement. The van caught fire and the suspects fled.
A record number of 101 Dutch municipalities currently have a female mayor. That means that 29 percent of mayors in the Netherlands are women, BNR reports based on figures requested from the Dutch Society of Mayors.
In 2017, the Netherlands counted 81 female mayors. The increase since then, combined with the reduced number of municipalities as a result of municipal redivision, brought the share of female mayors up to 29 percent. The Netherlands currently has 355 municipalities.
A police station in Zutphen was covered with swastikas and the letters SS, the abbreviation for Adolf Hitler's personal guard and eventual parliamentary organization the Schutzstaffel, local police officer Yilmaz Uluçay said on Instagram. He calls on witnesses to come forward.
The vandalism to the police station on Houtwal happened sometime on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning, Uluçay believes. The Nazi symbols were chalked onto the building's windows.
The police found a body near the IJssel between Brummen and Zutphen on Wednesday afternoon. The body was found near a car belonging to Nico Nijman from Zutphen, who has been missing since April 24th, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The police are in the process of identifying the body, which was found at around 1:00 p.m. It is therefore not yet clear whether it is the 57-year-old missing Zutphen man.
The area was cordoned off for police investigation.
Health service GGD is expanding its environmental research into emissions by the Zutphen industrial area to include a cancer cluster investigation, GGD environmental health consultant Steven van der Lelie announced. The municipalities of Zutphen and Lochem asked for this additional investigation due to persistent unrest in Eefde-West over a remarkable number of cancer diagnoses, De Stentor reports.
A 34-year-old man was arrested after he masturbated in front of an 18-year-old woman in an empty train to Zutphen on Wednesday, De Stentor reports.
In the empty train carriage, the man went to sit right across from the young woman and started masturbating, while staring at her. The victim left the compartment and called the train staff.
The man ws arrested at Zutphen station. The police complimented the woman for taking quick action and call on the public to take a photo for evidence if they find themselves in such a situation.
Gerben Eskes from Zutphen was killed in a traffic accident in El Salvador during the early hours of Thursday morning. The 28-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend Anouk Mijnheer were in a taxi on their way to the airport to return home when they were hit by a car driving on the wrong side of the road, their families confirmed to De Stentor.
A man was seriously hurt in a shooting in a chalet on Berkenlaan in Zutphen on Sunday night. He was rushed to the academic hospital in Nijmegen in critical condition, under police escort, De Stentor reports.
The shooting happened around 9:10 p.m., in a chalet located in a residential area and right next to the Baudartius College location on Berkenlaan. The perpetrators fled in a black car. So far nothing is known about the background of the incident.
The Gelre hospitals in Zutphen and Apeldoorn canceled all non-vital surgeries for the time being. The hospitals are overcrowded due to the ongoing flu epidemic, De Stentor reports.
Almost every bed in the hospitals is occupied, and Gelre already deployed extra staff. "We are working with everything we have to cope with the ongoing patient flow", spokesperson for the hospitals Carla Icking said to the newspaper. "We had to take these measures."
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.
While walking through her hometown of Zutphen on Sunday evening, 14-year-old Janneke Pouw suddenly got the urge to stick her head into a pile of snow on a car's hood. She took a picture of the resulting imprint and posted it on Twitter, thereby creating the #snowfacechallenge. Hundreds of people responded with pictures of their own snow faces.
The Gelre hospitals in Apeldoorn and Zutphen had to cancel a number of surgeries and treatments due to a computer failure. Some outpatient clinics are also affected, De Stentor reports.
The computer system in question does have a backup, but patient data on the backup files can only be viewed, not changed. It is for that reason the hospitals decided to cancel a number of surgeries and treatments. "After surgery we can not pass on internal data. We don't want to take any risks with that", spokesperson Tom Schooltink said to the newspaper.
A police officer was nearly strangled by a group of intoxicated party-goers in Zutphen during the early hours of Sunday morning. A 22-year-old man from Bronkhorst was arrested for attempted murder, the Zutphen police said in a statement on Facebook.
The police responded to Schupstoel around 3:30 a.m. after reports of a fight. A 24-year-old man tried to run away from the police. Officers caught up to him on Zaadmarkt and arrested him. The man resisted and some friends came to help him.
Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports.
Today the process of forming a new government for the Netherlands continues with a meeting between coalition scout Edith Schippers and the leaders of the VVD, D66, CDA and GroenLinks. During this meeting Schippers will explore whether a coalition between the four parties is viable. Negotiations are expected to be tough, especially between the VVD and GroenLinks.
A group of teenagers attacked an 11-year-old boy from Zutphen last week, tied him up in a playground using chicken wire and left him helpless in the freezing cold. The boy was stuck on the cold,wet ground, beneath a slide for over an hour before a passerby heard him calling for help. The police are investigating, AD reports.
Apeldoorn woman Aurelie V. told the court in Zutphen on Tuesday that she was delusional when she killed her 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in October 2013. Both kids were stabbed to death
A 26 year old man was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with a stabbing in Zutphen on New Year's Eve in which 23 year old Joel Alvarez from Deventer was killed. According to the police, the man turned himself in.
Two people were killed in four separate stabbings across the Netherlands on New Year's Eve and New Year's morning. Several people were arrested.
The judge in Zutphen decided that Van Hattem Vlees, famous for the horse meet scandal, is to be declared bankrupt.
On Tuesday, October 14th, the police raided 20 addresses in Gelderland. This was done in connection with an investigation into money laundering. 275 police officers took part in the raids. Thus far four people have been arrested.
Water company Vitens has confirmed in an article in Trouw newspaper that they will stop using water from two sources. The sources in Nijmegen and Zutphen will eventually no longer meet the norm.
After the Dutch municipal elections of March 19, negotiations for the new city government coalitions are ongoing in five local councils. Cities that are still working on an agreement are Amsterdam and Den Haag, and smaller towns Den Helder and Blaricum in Noord Holland, and Zutphen, Gelderland.