The police are working on dismantling a massive drug lab in a residential area of Rijen, Noord-Brabant. The lab was discovered earlier this week in the buildings and cellars of a former tannery. "This was very dangerous. A lot of chemicals, thousands and thousands of liters, if they come into contact with each other, anything can happen. Ranging from a chemical reaction to a spontaneous ignition. That is thus life-threatening for the nearby houses", police spokesperson Eric Passchier said to NOS.
A SWAT team arrested 12 people after a family party got out of hand in Rijen during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A fight broke out and there are reports that a gun was fired. The police are investigating, Omroep Brabant reports.
A woman was attacked by a man in Wolfsweide park in Rijen on Wednesday night. The police are looking for witnesses of this "serious sex crime", the police said in a statement.
What happened, was not revealed.
Investigators would like to talk to anyone who noticed anything strange in or around the park between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. People who were in the park are explicitly asked to contact the police.
In a strange coincidence, two hot air balloons made unplanned landings in Tilburg on Tuesday. One landed in a small field in the middle of a residential area, the other landed on a football field a few minutes later. The two precautionary landings seem to be unrelated, Omroep Brabant reports.
A cryptocurrency farm was found in a commercial building on Kempenbaan in Rijen on Wednesday. The tenant, a 37-year-old man from Tilburg, was arrested on suspicion of theft of electricity and money laundering, BN De Stem reports.
The police decided to look into the building due to its extremely high electricity consumption. "We were actually expecting to find a cannabis farm", a spokesperson said to the newspaper. Instead, officers found dozens of computers in the warehouse, all mining cryptocurrencies.
The police raided nine homes and companies across Noord-Brabant on Tuesday as part of a major money laundering investigation. A limousine rental company in Kaatsheuvel was one of the addresses raided. At least two limousines will be seized, a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
Addresses in Waalwijk, Rijen, Almkerk and Aalst were also raided. About a hundred people took part in this action, including police officers, FIOD officers, and soldiers. A number of sniffer dogs were also used.
Two men were arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that left two people dead in Tilburg on Thursday night. The owner of the car was arrested as well as his brother, who the police believe may have been driving the car, Omroep Brabant reports.
Koen Kevenaar, the 40 year old man whose body was found in an apartment in Rijen on Friday, may have been murdered because of naked photos he had in his possession.
A Rijen resident made a shocking discovery in his home on Breebroek on Friday morning - the dead body of a man. The police suspect that the man was murdered.
The Public Prosecutor demanded an 8 year prison sentence against a 41 year old ex-detective for inciting underage girls into prostitution. The Public Prosecutor also read the charges against the man from Rijen during a pro-forma session in the court in Den Bosch on Thursday, Brabants Dagblad reports.
The Public Prosecutor has been busy with a large scale investigation into child prostitution, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children centered around a 41 year old man from Rijen for months. The suspect will appear in court later this month.