Davy (9) sees a football dream shatter. And why does the crime environment target the brother of Antwerp kickboxing champion? You shouldn’t miss this on ‘Nearby’ last weekend | Near

In Blankenberge, a 16-year-old girl was hit by a flare on the beach, in Zutendaal a dog was killed on a leash on the street. But a lot more happened in the past few days. We selected the stories you should not miss on HLN In the Neighborhood this weekend.

1. “Sorry Davy, but you’re not good enough to play soccer with your friends next year.” Davy Crombez (9) and his parents received this heartbreaking message from football team Sassport Boezinge. “Football is his only hobby, his heart is broken,” says mom Melanie Caemerlynck. “At that age, all children should be able to play soccer, right?” Minister Weyts also questions the refusal.

read more: “Sorry, you are not good enough to continue playing football with your friends”: Davy (9) sees football hobby shatter (+)

“Football is his only hobby, his heart is broken,” say mom Melanie Caemerlynck and dad Kenneth Crombez. “At that age, all children should be able to play soccer, right?” © Henk Deleu

2. A tragic accident completely disrupted the life of Benjamin De Donder (32) and his family. The Zemstenaar has been in intensive care for 7 weeks now and that will not change immediately. “The drama just happened the day I knew I was pregnant,” says his wife Stefany. To absorb the high costs, family and friends have now started a crowdfunding campaign.

read more: Family and friends raise money for Ben (32), who has been in life-threatening condition for 7 weeks after a tragic accident: “He continues to fight for our two children and the baby in my belly” (+)

Benjamin De Donder
Benjamin De Donder © Dieter Nijs

3. Antwerp was startled in the night from Thursday to Friday by two new attacks, each targeting a building belonging to the family of kickboxer Jamal Ben Saddik. In the past month, three other facades of the same family were also targeted. The underworld would not target the kickboxing champion himself, but his older brother, better known in the drug world as ‘Urbanus’. He would have embezzled a shipment of cocaine, something his clients can’t help but laugh at.

read more: Five attacks in as many weeks against family of Antwerp kickboxing champion: why the underworld targets brother ‘Urbanus’ (+)

Police are investigating a series of attacks against buildings linked to the family of kickboxer Jamal Ben Saddik.  It would be retaliations from the underworld against his older brother S., better known in the drug world as 'Urbanus'.
Police are investigating a series of attacks against buildings linked to the family of kickboxer Jamal Ben Saddik. It would be retaliations from the underworld against his older brother S., better known in the drug world as ‘Urbanus’. © MDR/PN

4. A portion of unadulterated nostalgia. At the end of this season, the iconic ‘beetles’ will be released one last time in Bellewaerde. For thousands of children, the roller coaster was their first encounter with a real amusement park attraction. If you can’t say goodbye to it, you can make an offer on a cart. And maybe you can go on the very last ride? First we reminisce with fans and employees.

read more: “That teacher who lost 150,000 Belgian francs on the beetle track… He was in total panic”: legendary attraction in Bellewaerde is preparing for last summer. †

The beetle track today and in 1981: good for top entertainment all those decades.
The beetle track today and in 1981: good for top entertainment all those decades. © Henk Deleu/Bellewaerde

5. The start of the Ketnet Summer Tour in Sint-Niklaas was canceled on Saturday after a corona outbreak at the team for the podium construction. Several people dropped out and supplier The Fungroup was unable to mobilize sufficient specialized personnel to replace them in the short term. The VRT has now found a solution for Sunday’s edition in Zeebrugge.

read more: Start Ketnet Summer Tour in Sint-Niklaas lost due to corona: “Unable to put together a team due to crowds and shortage of staff in the event sector”

Ships Ine Somers is disappointed because it was impossible to find an alternative in such a short period of time.
Ships Ine Somers is disappointed because it was impossible to find an alternative in such a short period of time. © rv/Henk Deleu

6. A relationship that is on the rocks and studies that fail: in the early autumn of 2017, that cocktail leads to an untold drama in the otherwise quiet village of Eppegem, in Flemish Brabant. An uncle finds the charred body of toddler Pari (2) in a barbecue set. Mama Julie M., then 27, is also there and collapses. She waits in jail for two years for her trial, which in the end never comes. “Every day she still looks at the picture of her daughter.”

read more: MURDERED INNOCENCE. A young mother snaps, after which her daughter (2) dies a horrible death: “We had to burn together to get to heaven” (+)

Julie M. killed her toddler in Eppegem.
Julie M. killed her toddler in Eppegem. © RV/Marc Baert

7. “Last year I lost 250 kilos of cherries in one night. Picked by illegal gangs who resell the fruit on the black market at the highest prices.” The stories of Haspengouw fruit farmers who suffer huge losses due to illegal pickers pile up year after year. In order to put a stop to the gangs, the police have continuously patrolled in and around the Haspengouw fruit plantations in recent years. “But rolling up the gangs is a feat,” said the local police. We went on patrol with the cavalry of the federal police, who are assisting in Borgloon for the occasion.

read more: REPORTING. Looking for cherry thieves with police on horseback: “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, but what’s the alternative? Fruit growers lose thousands of euros due to illegal gangs” (+)

The police on horseback in Borgloon.
The police on horseback in Borgloon. © Karolien Coenen

8. Knokke-Heist and pop-ups, they are inextricably linked during the summer months. From top models to artists to starting entrepreneurs: they all want to show their collection in the coastal municipality. We set out and made a wide selection. For people and animals, for young and old: hurry to Lippenslaan and other sea dikes.

read more: Trendy sneakers for women? Raincoats for dogs? Or the collection of a top model from Ghent? You should definitely visit these pop-ups in Knokke in the coming weeks (+)

Inés Goulaf with her dog (left), designer Evelyne Van der Looven (center) and model César Casier (right).
Inés Goulaf with her dog (left), designer Evelyne Van der Looven (center) and model César Casier (right). © Benny Proot/Jill Dhondt/Wannes Nimmegeers

9. An investigation into the death of an 83-year-old woman is underway in Spain. The emergency services found her body next to that of her husband (82) from Bruges, who was still in critical condition. He is still fighting for his life. Perhaps they were trying to end life together out of loneliness. “They were alone. The fact that her health had deteriorated in recent years made them sad.”

read more: Did an elderly couple from Bruges try to end their life together in Spain? Wife (83) deceased, husband (82) criticism: “He wanted to take care of her, but lacked the strength” (+)

The Guardia Civil, here in an archive image, is investigating the death of the Bruges woman.
The Guardia Civil, here in an archive image, is investigating the death of the Bruges woman. © EPA

10. Lefty Guitars along the Mechelbaan in Peulis (Putte) is not only unique in the region but also in the Benelux. In 2005 Patrick Van Rompaey founded his guitar shop for left-handers. In the meantime, the sole proprietorship has been operating for almost twenty years.

read more: Patrick has a unique store in the Benelux with Lefty Guitars: “Left-handed guitarists come to my shop from France and the Netherlands” (+)

Patrick Van Rompaey sells left-handed guitars in Peulis with Lefty Guitars
Patrick Van Rompaey sells left-handed guitars in Peulis with Lefty Guitars © David Legreve

Last week we also selected weekend stories that you should not miss. Curious? You will find them here.