Tuesday 04 October 2022

Trial starts for nine suspects involved in deadly brawl on Majorca

Trial starts for nine suspects involved in deadly brawl on Majorca

The trial of nine men accused of participating in a deadly brawl while on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca last year started on Tuesday in Lelystad. A fight that started over a barstool and spread onto the streets of Playa de Palma in 2021 left one 27-year-old Dutchman dead and several others seriously injured. Prosecutors have charged three men with murder and the remaining six with assault and violent disorder. The group, ranging in age from 18 to 20,... More >

Inspectors again slam Ter Apel conditions

Government inspectors have again slammed conditions at the Ter Apel refugee reception in Groningen, and warned that babies and the elderly risk developing health problems. Inspectors visited the centre last week and found people sitting too close to each other in ‘a cold, draughty and dirty sports hall’. In August, a three-month old baby died in the sports hall which is used as an overspill centre for new arrivals. Despite earlier warnings, there are still too few showers and toilets... More >

Stowaway arrested after flying to Spain

A woman has been arrested after she bypassed airport security at Rotterdam The Hague airport and boarded a flight to Spain. AD.nl reported that the woman pressed the emergency button at the security gate, slipped through in the ensuing commotion and stowed away on a Transavia plane bound for Malaga. She was arrested on Monday evening after the plane made an unscheduled landing in Madrid. AD said the woman was a Russian national. Police initially thought she was on board... More >

Two Dutch killed in Ecuador bus crash

Two Dutch nationals have been killed and seven taken to hospital in Ecuador after the bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Sunday evening. In total 21 Dutch nationals, aged between 41 and 75, were taking part in the group trip to the South American country. Four of the seven people taken to hospital have since been released but two of the injured are in a critical condition. A local man from Ecudador... More >

Ice rink owners face energy crisis

The Dutch outdoor skating season is about to start but the sector is facing major concerns about the cost of keeping the rinks frozen. Ice rink owners say they will need millions of euros in additional funding to keep the tracks open past the end of the year because of soaring energy costs. Dennis van Rijswijk, chairman of rink owners association VKN, told broadcaster NOS the sector requires between €5 million and €8 million to keep afloat. ‘Without action, rinks... More >