Man dies after stabbing in Scheveningen; locals say beach town is “a madhouse”

A 19-year-old man from Rotterdam has been stabbed to death in Scheveningen. So far, two people have been arrested in connection with the incident, and remain in custody.

Eye-witnesses report that the stabbing took place during a brawl between two groups of young people. Videos have surfaced of the chaos surrounding the incident, showing some of the group running away.

Images have also circulated of a man holding a gun. Initial reports (such as the one above) maintained that the 19-year-old was shot dead, but the police have now confirmed that it was a stabbing. Generally, the whole incident appears to have caused chaos. Nothing is yet known about the motivations behind the stabbing.

The police are reviewing CCTV footage, and have asked members of the public who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Heatwave brings out the worst in Scheveningen

The past few days of heat have drawn enormous crowds to Scheveningen, and most people have not been on their best behaviour, it would seem. Residents of the neighbourhoods nearby have complained about the noise of sports cars which begins from 5am on sunny days.

Illegal campers crowd the beach day and night, and some have even decided that the street is a suitable campsite for their holiday. “It’s a madhouse,” according to a local. Even worse, some highly sophisticated individuals have decided to use the beach as their toilet, RTL Nieuws reports.

Have you been to Scheveningen over the past few days? Let us know how it was in the comments below.

Feature Image: OlgaKropman/Pixabay.

Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


  1. I work at one of the beach clubs and it’s quite a shame how badly maintained the whole area is. People litter everywhere with smashed glass bottles all over the place that sometimes isn’t cleaned up throughout an entire weekend. A complete lack of public facilities, so a huge strain is put on the beach clubs themselves to actually police bad behavior. On top of that, the beach clubs are people’s only source of a toilet, so you can imagine the strain this puts as a “funnel” for human exposure in the midst of a pandemic. I’m so surprised at how few lifeguard posts you see around the beach itself considering it stretches for quite a few kilometers, there really is only one I’ve noticed directly next to the pier. Late at night after hot days, the trickle of dehydrated, half-sun-stricken drunkards stumbling home makes biking also incredibly dangerous.


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