Last year the police managed to respond to emergency situations within 15 minutes in 84 percent of cases, according to figures the police announced on Wednesday. That means that the response time was too slow in 16 percent of emergencies, about the same as in 2015. The police's goal is to arrive on time in 90 percent of emergencies.
A group of school pupils from Bergen op Zoom witnessed a terrorist attack in London on Wednesday afternoon. Five people were killed and around 40 injured when a man crashed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, crashed into the Westminster Palace gate, got out and stabbed a police officer, the Telegraaf reports.
Eurogroup chairman and departing Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem was one target of eight letter bombs intercepted and defused in Athens on Monday, his spokesperson confirmed to ANP on Tuesday. He made no further comment.
The one year anniversary of the Brussels Bombings, terrorist attacks in which 32 people were killed including three Dutch tourists, was commemorated with a minute of silence at both bombing sites on Wednesday morning. Numerous remembrance ceremonies will be held in the Belgian city throughout the day, AD reports.
Last year the Ministry of Security and Justice had to apologize to 43 victims of violent crimes or their relatives for being late in informing them about their attacker's release, escape or leave. That is a significant increase compared to 2015, when 19 apologies were made, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police believe that a 3-year-old girl who was stabbed in a home in Uithoorn on Tuesday evening, was attacked by a neighbor who then committed suicide, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor is busy with a criminal investigation against ING in which the bank is suspected of involvement in international corruption, money laundering, violating rules for customer due diligence and failing to report unusual transactions, a spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed to the Financieele Dagblad on Tuesday.
A 3-year-old girl was injured in a stabbing in a home on Admiraal de Ruyterlaan in Uithoorn on Tuesday evening. She was taken to hospital for treatment.
The incident occurred around 6:25 p.m. Exactly what happened is unclear. All the police said about the girl's injuries is that she is not in a life threatening condition.
On Burgernet the police called on local residents to look out for a woman with short, blonde hair. She was wearing a brown-green dress, a gray vest and was riding a yellow bike. A police spokesperson told Omroep Noord-Holland that she is a suspect.
Octave Durham, one of the two men convicted for stealing two Vincent van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, claims that after the robbery he went into hiding and got refuge from football legend Patrick Kluivert in Barcelona. Kluivert calls these allegations pure nonsense and plans on suing Durham for libel, his lawyer said to AD.
Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002, are finally back home. On Tuesday the museum invited members of the press to see the works for the first time in just over 14 years. From Wednesday the paintings will be on display to the public, AD reports.
The pistol used to kill populist politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002 became part of the Rijksmuseum's collection in 2012, former director Wim Pijbes said to Quote. Fortuyn's relatives donated the weapon to the museum via the Public Prosecutor, NU.nl reports.
In 2010 the Rijksmuseum announced interest in buying the firearm, in order to one day exhibit it. But due to a commotion that arose, Pijbes abandoned the purchase. After "extensive consultations with the Fortuyn family" the murder weapon was given to the museum in 2012.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Rotterdam on Thursday in connection with a fatal stabbing in Amsterdam Zuidoost on March 7th. A 20-year-old man was critically injured in the stabbing. He died in hospital three days later, Het Parool reports.
A 21-year-old Ukrainian man was fined 500 euros on Monday for flying a drone in Schiphol's departure hall, the police announced in a statement.
The young man wanted to make a film of his family and friends just before his departure, according to the police. He did not realize that it is illegal in the Netherlands to fly a drone in controlled airspace. Doing so could put air traffic in serious danger.
Two school pupils from the Bonhoeffer College in Enschede were arrested by German anti-terrorism police during a field trip to Berlin last week, the school confirmed to NU.nl. They were released again after it was determined that the two boys were Dutch.
More than half of Dutch don't know what to do if they are caught in a terrorist attack, or think that they will respond incorrectly, according to research by the Red Cross. Of the 700 Dutch the Red Cross questioned, 55 percent don't feel confident to give first aid, RTL Nieuws reports.
A number of tax advisors are suspects in a fraud case involving 2.7 million euros, the Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD announced on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. Their identities were not disclosed, ANP reports.
Over the past two weeks the FIOD raided seven offices and homes in Stein, Holten, Hoorn, Purmerend, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and Wezep. Computers and files were seized as well as bank accounts, cars, houses and cash. A massive 180 thousand euros in cash was found in one advisor's home. The origin of the money is under investigation.
Dutch banks ING and Amsterdam Trade Bank are listed with 730 other banks as financial institutions that helped Russian criminals launder money, international investigative journalist collaboration OCCRP revealed. A total of 19 billion dollars were laundered through these 732 banks between January 2011 and October 2014, according to the group, AD reports.
The Dutch College of Human Rights received a total of 3.143 reports of discrimination last year, according to the Discirimination Monitor the College published on Tuesday for International Human Rights Day. In 2015 there were 2,148 reports and in the year before that 1,786, ANP reports.
The Zwolle police used a taser in an arrest for the first time on Saturday while they were arresting an "aggressive" drunk refusing to follow police orders, the police said in a statement.
At around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday the police responded to reports of a drunk man acting aggressively towards passersby and destroying items on the Rodetorenplein in Zwolle. At the scene police officers recognized the 29-year-old man as someone whose been frequently arrested for public drunkenness and is known to resist arrest.
The attempted coup in Turkey last year led to a significant increase of discrimination based on political affiliation reports in the Netherlands, according to the Dutch national association against discrimination LVD. Last year the association received 151 reports of discrimination based on political affiliation, compared to only 14 such reports in 2015. Most of these reports came from Turkish-Dutch, NOS reports.
The Maaspoort area in Den Bosch was woken by gunfire during the early hours of Monday morning as a home on Stapelen was targeted in a shooting. On social media local residents describe the shots as sounding like machine gun- or automatic gunfire.
According to Omroep Brabant, the lower shutter of the home is riddled with bullet holes. The window behind the shutter was also severely damaged. Several surveillance cameras can be seen around the home.
A mandatory questionnaire Dutch doctors have to fill in to detect child abuse very often leads to false accusations, according to medical researcher Maartje Schouten. In more than 9 out of 10 cases in which the questionnaire indicates child abuse, the accusations are unfounded, she said to NOS.
The Noord-Holland police admitted that mistakes were made in the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Amsterdam woman Talitha in 2013. In a letter to Talitha's relatives, the chief of the Noord-Holland police admits that two involved police officers acted "carelessly" in the investigation, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Monday, NU.nl reports.
Two suspects were arrested on Sunday in connection with a video on Facebook showing a young Muslim woman being attacked by two men in Amsterdam Noord, the police department Amsterdam Boven IJ announced on Facebook.
The video shows the woman, wearing a hijab or headscarf, lying on the ground and trying to cover her head with her arms while two men viciously kick and beat her. The men's faces can be seen on the video.