Crime

Police officer looking for witnesses
Apr 10 '17 09:20

The number of reports about identity fraud in the Netherlands more than doubled last year, according to figures from the Identity Fraud Hotline. Last year the hotline received 1,724 reports, compared to 805 in 2015, ANP report.

The hotline can't give a clear explanation for the increase. The fact that reports can now be done online may play a role. There is also an increased awareness about ID fraud, thanks to a government campaign. "You therefore can't say that more ID fraud was committed, but that more was reported", a spokesperson said to the news wire.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Apr 10 '17 09:07

A KLM flight about to depart from Schiphol to Lagos in Nigeria was the scene of an altercation when a man was brought aboard in handcuffs. According to , the cuffed man was a Nigerian about to be deported because he does not have the proper papers.

Apr 10 '17 08:45

From today until Thursday the port of Rotterdam will be the scene of large drills on what to do during terrorist attacks or other large emergencies and threats. The port protection exercise is called "Port Defender Rotterdam" and includes the Royal Navy, the National Police, the Port of Rotterdam and the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond, AD reports.

Crime scene tape
Apr 10 '17 07:39

An as yet unidentified woman was killed in a stabbing on Fazantenlaan in Hellevoetsluis on Sunday night. A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of involvement. The police also seized a knife, AD reports.

The stabbing happened around 10:30 p.m. at a youth center on Fazantenlaan. The victim's identity is not yet known. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the woman, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene. 

The police are investigating the circumstances around the stabbing.

Police
Apr 10 '17 07:23

An explosion in front of a home on Elzenbroek in Breda woke up the entire street around 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The police believe a hand grenade was involved. The home and at least three cars were damaged, a police spokesperson told NOS.

The four residents of the home, including two children, were unharmed. The home's window was shattered. 

The circumstances around the explosion, which happened in the neighborhood Haagse Beemden, is still unclear. The police are investigating and expect that the investigation will take some time. 

Apr 7 '17 16:50

A 27-year-old Amersfoort man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the United Kingdom for smuggling 939 kilograms of cocaine into the country. Two accomplices, an Irishman and a Briton, were sentenced to 16 years and 14 years respectively by the court in Bristol, AD reports.

The three men were caught on their ship, Bianca, as it sailed into British water in August last year. The authorities found 28 bags of cocaine in the hold. Each bag weighed between 25 and 30 kilograms. The drugs had a street value of some 84 million pounds, or 98 million euros.

 crime scene tape
Apr 7 '17 16:15

Arnhem man Albert K. was released from custody on Friday afternoon, his lawyer said to the Gelderlander. K. is suspected of, killing him, after he tried to rob K.'s home last week. '

K. is still a suspect, but does not have to await his trial in custody. "Albert was thrilled when I told him this news", the lawyer said to the Gelderlander. "This afternoon he can be with his family."

arrest
Apr 7 '17 11:35

The Dutch tax authorities' investigative department FIOD arrested a 65-year-old employee of an unnamed multinational as part of an investigation into corporate espionage. He is suspected of leaking corporate secrets, including patent rights, to a competitor in China in exchange for money, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday.

The man was arrested at a train station in Twente. According to the Prosecutor, he was about to travel to China. The man's luggage, workplace and Twente home were all searched. The prosecutor seized physical files as well as digital data carriers.

Apr 7 '17 11:00

A train crashed into a car at a guarded crossing on Ruinerweg in Echten on Friday morning. According to the police, the driver of the car managed to get out of his car under his own power. He is currently being checked over by paramedics, NU.nl reports.

No ambulances were called for train passengers, which seems to indicate that no one on the train was injured. The accident happened at a level crossing guarded by barriers.

Apr 7 '17 09:50

Train traffic around Schiphol was halted for a short time on Thursday night while the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested a woman who "uttered threats to train staff", RTL Nieuws reports. Train traffic took hours to get back on track.

According to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport and border security, the woman threatened the train staff. There are also reports that she had a knife. What exactly happened is unclear.

Police guard in a detention center
Apr 7 '17 09:03

All fi of on Sunday were released from custody on Thursday. They are still considered suspects.

Police doing a drug raid at the Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede during a FC Twente-PSV match, 6 Apr 2017
Apr 7 '17 08:43

The police arrested five people in a operation against drug trafficking in and around the Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede during an Eredivisie match between FC Twente and PSV on Thursday night, NU.nl reports.

Three people were arrested in the supporters' home at Block P - the block for fanatical FC Twente supporters - and two were arrested outside the stadium. Drugs were found in the supporters' home, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. The police also searched three homes and found several fake weapons. 

Police officers on the street
Apr 7 '17 07:39

With the arrest of a 58-year-old man from Rotterdam the police believe they made their first breakthrough in a cold case investigation into the murders of 85 prostitutes in the 80's and 90's. According to the police, the suspect can definitely be linked to two murders, and possibly to three others as well, AD reports.

Apr 6 '17 15:30

A 30-year-old Russian wanted in Belgium for murder was caught at Schiphol airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested him on Wednesday, AD reports.

The Russian man was caught while sitting in a car outside the airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - decided to check the man because they found it suspicious that he was lingering outside of the airport for so long.

Pink Pelican
Apr 6 '17 14:20

Someone broke into Artis Zoo in Amsterdam on Sunday night and stole 10 of 14 pelican eggs. They also broke one pelican's leg, which resulted in the animal dying, and seriously disrupted the group of birds during breeding season. The Amsterdam zoo filed charges of animal cruelty, theft and vandalism, the zoo announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.

So far no suspects were arrested. The incident was also not caught on camera.

Apr 6 '17 13:45

An orthodontist who works in Deventer and Halle is not allowed to work on any female patients while the police and Healthcare Inspectorate are investigating reports of "inappropriate touching", RTL reports.

Several women reported that "inappropriate touching" from the orthodontist, the Healthcare Inspectorate said. It is therefore plausible that he acted inappropriately.

The ban on treating female patients will remain in place until the disciplinary court ruled on the matter.

The orthodontist denies the allegations. 

Mitch Henriquez
Apr 6 '17 12:31

On Thursday the court in The Hague ordered a new investigation into the cause of ' death in police custody in 2015. The two current reports on how the 42-year-old Aruban man died in 2015 are so different that the court feels a third opinion is necessary, RTL Nieuws reports.

Apr 6 '17 10:37

Dutch foreign rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War that return to the Netherlands pose a risk to the safety of the country, this includes returning children, according to a Terrorist Threat Assessment for the Netherlands published by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security on Thursday. ISIS won't hesitate to use children to commit terrorist attacks, according to the report, ANP reports.

Groene Welle school in Zwolle
Apr 6 '17 09:34

A 51-year-old teacher from school group Groene Welle in Zwolle was dismissed after child pornography was found in his possession. The judiciary launched a criminal investigation against him, De Stentor reports.

The man was arrested and interrogated by the police in early March. His computers and data carriers were seized and pornographic pictures and videos of children were found, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to the newspaper. "We suspect him of being in the possession of child pornography."

Some 2,000 march hand in hand through Amsterdam against anti-LGBT violence, 5 Apr 2017
Apr 6 '17 08:27

About 2 thousand people participated in a march against anti-LGBT violence through Amsterdam on Wednesday evening. The participants marched hand-in-hand from Dam Square to the Gay Monument at Westermarkt, ANP reports.

Accident on he A1 highway towards Amsterdam between Naarden-West and Diemen, 6 Apr 2017
Apr 6 '17 07:49

An accident involving a motorcycle and at least three cars closed the A1 highway towards Amsterdam between Naarden-West and Diemen on Thursday morning. Traffic information service VID calls it a "serious accident" and expects it to cause many traffic problems.

By around 6:30 a.m. the traffic jam behind the accident was already 7 kilometers long, according to VID on Twitter. Motorists are advised to detour via Utrecht over the A27, A12 and A2. It is unclear how long the road will be closed.

Apr 6 '17 07:38

The city of Rotterdam's data protection and information security is so poorly organized that Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb may be in danger, the Rotterdam Court of Auditors concludes in a report that the Volkskrant managed to get hold of. The report states that the mayor is at "real risk of physical danger", the newspaper reports.

For example, attackers could relatively easily get access to Aboutaleb's secret agenda or email to get information on where to attack.

Apr 5 '17 13:25

A gay couple on Saturday night are spreading pamphlets and posted a letter in AT5 calling for witnesses to come forward. 

Apr 5 '17 12:50

The Rotterdam police arrested a group of criminals suspected of being responsible for a series of street shootings in Rotterdam-Zuid between September and December last year. A total of 13 people were arrested, the four most recent ones last week, the police announced in a statement.

Several people were injured in the shootings, but there were no fatalities.

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