Utrecht

A black letter posy ring from between 1375 and 1550 found in Utrecht
Feb 6 '19 11:50

A golden love ring from the Middle Ages was recently found in the province of Utrecht. This is the first time ever that a so-called 'black letter posy ring' is found in the Netherlands, Landscape Heritage Utrecht's archeology department announced. The location where this unique discovery was made was not disclosed, at the request of the anonymous finder.

The love ring dates from between 1375 and 1550, according to the organization. Sweet messages were engraved on such rings, like 'think of me' or 'I love only you'. These rings were mainly made in England for women.

School bags
Feb 5 '19 12:40

The Utrecht police arrested three teenagers on suspicion of mugging school children in Vleuten and Leidsche Rijn. Cycling pupils were mugged multiple times on their way home from school in January. The muggers stole money and belongings, the Telegraaf reports.

Investigation led the police to three boys aged 13, 14 and 16 from Utrecht. They are linked to one of four muggings. Their involvement in the other three crimes is still under investigation. 

NS train in snow, winter
Jan 29 '19 16:47

Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.

The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.

Traffic in Arnhem from Snow
Jan 22 '19 18:26

It was a record-setting day in The Netherlands on Tuesday, but in a particularly good way. Traffic jams , what traveler's association ANWB called a new record.

The jams were nearly double that which was recorded on November 1, the worst date of 2018.

Snow in Amsterdam
Jan 22 '19 17:08

There were over 1,635 kilometers of traffic jams across the Netherlands at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, just as the evening rush hour got underway, according to travel association ANWB.

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Jan 17 '19 10:00

Three persons were arrested after a demonstration by anti-Islam movement Pegida in the Utrecht district of Zuilen on Wednesday evening. Towards the end of the demonstration, the situation became unsettled and there were various vandalism incidents. The detainees were counter-protesters, RTV Utrecht reports.

A handful of Pegida supporters gathered at the Abi Bakr Issidik mosque around 7:00 p.m., where they watched a film about Islam in a cordoned off area. A group of opponents gathered outside the fences.

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Jan 11 '19 13:10

STIP, a special education high school on Europalaan in Utrecht, was evacuated on Thursday afternoon due to a telephonic threat. One suspect was arrested, the Telegraaf reports.

Where the threat came from, and what exactly it entailed, is not yet clear. The police are taking it seriously and are investigating the incident.

Police officers in bullet proof vests were present at the school on a large scale. All pupils and teachers were safely evacuated from the school, the STIP director said to the Telegraaf. 

Hard hat
Jan 9 '19 16:10

The four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague - will have the opportunity to present their wish lists in the area of mobility and housing during a special meeting with the government next week. This meeting will happen with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure in Utrecht on Wednesday, sources in The Hague confirmed to AD after reports in NRC.

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Jan 4 '19 17:30

Two men who got stuck in the snow during a ski tour in Davos, Switzerland, were rescued thanks to a call to the Netherlands. The two men could not remember the emergency number, so one of them called his girlfriend in Utrecht, who in turn called the emergency services, NU.nl reports.

The woman got the men's coordinates via a GPS app and then passed it on to the Midden-Nederland control room. The control room passed the information on to Interpol, who sent a helicopter to rescue the duo.

Ambulance
Jan 4 '19 14:10

A 34-year-old man from Utrecht died early on Friday morning after he got stuck between the fence and the roof of a bicycle shed. What the man was doing there is not yet clear. But the police concluded that his death was an accident, RTL Nieuws reports.

At around 3:00 a.m. a resident of an apartment building on Willem Schuylenburglaan heard someone shouting for help, but could not figure out where it came from. The police were called and officers found the victim in the bike shed. 

New Year's fireworks at the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam, 1 Jan 2019
Jan 1 '19 12:30

People across the Netherlands welcomed the new year with fireworks overnight. Below see a collection of videos of fireworks shows in the four large Dutch cities.

Amsterdam

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Dec 31 '18 19:21

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.

Rain in Amsterdam
Dec 27 '18 10:34

Drivers in the Netherlands were neither imagining things nor embellishing in 2018 when they complained about travel times. Dutch highways were far more clogged in 2018 than a year earlier, with traffic jams up nearly 20 percent.

The heavy traffic had an impact on rush hour, but also outside of the daily busy periods, travellers association ANWB revealed on Thursday. The organization made their calculations based on both the frequency and duration of traffic jams.

Bas Schipper and his sister Laura
Dec 24 '18 16:42

A Dutch pre-teen is winning high praise around the Netherlands for racing around the country to play the piano in a fundraising effort. Bas Schipper set a record by playing all the pianos located at 16 different train stations in 18 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record set by Ernesto Dennis by 75 minutes.

In doing so, he managed to raise €61,835 for diabetes research, as of Monday afternoon. The total far exceeded the goal the boy set.

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Dec 21 '18 11:50

Twenty Dutch municipalities will receive a total of 7 million euros to strengthen their approach to fighting radicalization. Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs divided the amount among municipalities who submitted plans to prevent radicalization and manage people who have been radicalized, the Telegraaf reports.

The largest amount, 1 million euros, is going to the municipality of The Hague. Utrecht is getting over 900 thousand euros, and Rotterdam over 850 thousand euros. 

Entrance to parking in front of the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam
Dec 19 '18 11:10

Residents of the Netherlands' four largest cities can expect their parking permits to put a real dent in their budget next year. Amsterdam is the only one of the four cities not implementing a major price increase for next year, though the Dutch capital is still most expensive when it comes to parking costs, according to a survey by association Eigen Huis among 53 Dutch municipalities, RTL Nieuws reports.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '18 07:32

At least 13 large municipalities and a number of smaller ones will be experimenting with voluntary firework-free zones this New Year's, the Volkskrant reports after speaking with the 44 largest municipalities in the Netherlands.

The municipality provides signboards for such firework-free zones, but not enforcements. Local residents can apply for a firework-free zone, and it is up to them to enforce it. The mayors hope to reduce fireworks nuisance without incurring high costs in this way, according to the newspaper.

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Dec 4 '18 08:51

Primary schools in large cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague and the municipalities around them are increasingly using Pieten with soot marks on their faces in the Sinterklaas celebration, rather than the traditional blackface Zwarte Piet, according to a survey of over 580 schools by DUO Education Research & Advice, NU.nl reports.

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Dec 3 '18 16:10

Witnesses say a gunman dressed as Zwarte Piet opened fire in the Ondiep district of Utrecht and was at-large late Monday afternoon. Police said one person was injured in the shooting on Rietstraat at about 1:10 p.m. on Monday.

A resident on the scene at the time of the shooting told newspaper AD that the suspect jumped out of a white vehicle and shot at the victim's car. The newspaper said a bullet hole was visible in the windshield of a Volkswagen, which was located near an elementary school.

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Nov 30 '18 14:10

The police arrested 12 people in the Netherlands for involvement in the production and export of drugs to Scandinavia. A 13th suspect was arrested in Peer, Belgium. The suspects are 12 men and a woman between the ages of 32 and 16 years. They were arrested on Monday, but the police only announced the arrests on Thursday.

The police searched buildings in Utrecht, Vleuten, Woerden, Maarssen, Houten, Almere, Waardenburg, Lopikerkapel and Aalsmeer. 

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Nov 28 '18 12:40

The burka ban will apply to everyone, also the Netherlands' large cities, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in reaction to the news that the on face covering clothing. "Let us first implement the law. Then the big cities will see that it also applies to them", he said.

Gavel
Nov 27 '18 08:32

The Public Prosecutor made a deal with a second suspect in one of the multiple gangland assassinations in Amsterdam and Utrecht to turn key witness. Tony de G., a 34-year-old suspect in the , made statements against people involved in the criminal underworld, Het Parool reports.

Woman wearing a burqa
Nov 26 '18 10:00

Amsterday mayor Femke Halsema must enforce the ban on face-covering clothing, commonly referred to as the burka ban, in the Dutch capital, State Secretary Barbara Visser of Defense said on WNL on Sunday. "No one is above the law", Visser said. "Including the mayor of Amsterdam."

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Nov 23 '18 12:20

The Dutch provinces, transport regions and municipalities are pushing 245 million euros into getting more people to use their bicycles to get to work. In June State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced that the government is investing 100 million euros into measures to promote cycling, RTL Nieuws reports.

The government aims to convince 200 thousand extra people to use their bicycle for their daily commute. To achieve this, the government is investing into making cycling more attractive.

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