This week in the Netherlands – Record-breaker

This week in the Netherlands - Record-breaker

FOR THE SECOND day in a row, the record for the busiest morning rush hour of the year was broken on Dutch roads. At the peak of rush hour at 8.30am on Tuesday, there were 894 kilometres of traffic jams on Dutch highways and provincial roads, five kilometres longer than on Monday.

On the rise
EXISTING home prices in the Netherlands increased by 8.2 percent in October, compared to the same month last year – the biggest increase since early in 2002.A total of 20,143 existing homes were sold in October – more than in October 2016, but less than in September 2017.

Stop right now
THE DUTCH TAX AUTHORITY still hasn’t stopped welfare payments to any suspected Dutch jihadists who joined the war in Syria, despite a law making this possible being implemented in October, the Dutch press reports.

A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Rotterdam was arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly woman in a Puttershoek nursing home and attempting to murder two others. According to the Public Prosecutor, he killed the elderly woman by administering insulin without medical necessity.

Civilian action
THE POLICE arrested a total of 148 suspects in a so-called ‘civilian action’ in Amsterdam’s Red Light District last weekend. 72 arrests were drug related. 15 people were arrested for begging and 18 for disrupting public order. Two muggers and two pickpockets were arrested and another man for carrying pepper spray.

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