Thursday 27 February 2020

First snow of the winter falls in south

The south and east of the Netherlands was hit by the first snowfall of this winter on Wednesday, when fields turned white and there were slippery conditions on some roads. The A27 between Breda and Oosterhout was closed for a time after a lorry skidded on snow-covered roads and the KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland and Overijssel. De #A27 is DICHT tussen Breda-Noord en Oosterhout-Zuid vanwege een geschaarde vrachtwagen. Verkeer richting Utrecht wordt omgeleid... More >

Amsterdam mayor's partner accepts gun deal

The partner of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has decided he will accept a sentence of 40 hours community service for the illegal possession of a hand gun after all, and will not fight out the issue in court. Film producer Robert Oey had taken the gun, a film prop which had been disabled, to his home, where it was found by the couple’s 15-year-old son. In December he was given the sentence at a closed court session. Oey first said... More >

Teens on life support after car crash

Two teenagers aged 12 and 13 have been hospitalised with life-threatening injuries after a car accident near the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam on Monday evening. All six people in the car were hurt when it hit the concrete central reservation and flipped over, ending up on the other side of the road. The 20-year old driver, a 23-year-old and two other teenagers aged 13 and 15 are also being treated in hospital. Police are still trying to find out what... More >

Dutch royals pose for ski holiday photos

The Dutch royal family, including former queen Beatrix and current king Willem-Alexander, took part in the traditional winter holiday photo shoot for the press at the Lech ski resort in Austria on Tuesday. As well as the king and queen and their three daughters, prince Constantijn, his wife Laurentien and their children were part of the group. The family have been holidaying in Lech for 15 years. The aim of the annual winter photo shoot is to stop photographers following... More >

Schiphol tests bike speed limiting device

Schiphol airport is to test an automatic braking system to reduce the speed of fast e-bikes and speed pedelecs around the airport to improve safety, airport officials announced on Tuesday. The test is part of a plan introduced by Schiphol with construction company BAM Infra and bike maker Gazelle in 2018. The aim is to ease congestion and promote cycling, including a 22km cycling route especially for fast bikes  Only 4,000 of the airport’s 66,000 staff currently cycle to work.... More >

Too few police thwarts A'dam crime busting

A shift towards less visible law-breaking such as cybercrime and a lack of police staff are making crime more difficult to tackle in Amsterdam, the Parool reports. New trends, such as knife crime and cybercrime, demand innovative measures but police and the justice department are struggling with a lack of staff, mayor Femke Halsema said during the annual press conference on behalf of the prosecution office, the mayor’s office and police. Police in the Amsterdam region registered a total 88,403... More >