Crime

Jan 4 '17 16:10

Police officers decked out in bulletproof vests responded to the Corridor shopping center in Veenendaal due to a "suspicious situation" on Wednesday morning. At least one person was arrested.

A spokesperson for the police would not tell the Gelderlander who was arrested, but did say that the person was "firearm dangerous". According to the newspaper, the arrest was made at the request of the National Office of the Public Prosecutor. The police's Special Intervention Team responded. 

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Jan 4 '17 15:35

The number of murders and manslaughters in the Netherlands dropped to 109 in 2016, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. That is the lowest number of killings since the list was started in 1992.

The record low number of murders does not match the public's idea of violent crimes in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier. "Assassinations get excessive attention in the media an the public therefore has the impression that everything is going wrong", the magazine writes.

Police uniform
Jan 4 '17 15:00

The Dutch police are following up on information from British group Bellingcat about possible ISIS sympathizers staying in a holiday park in Vaals, Limburg.

On Tuesday Bellingcat posted a photo on Twitter calling for information on where it was taken. "Can you help us crowdsource a geolocation. This photo is linked to an ISIS sympathizer living in Europe. Perhaps Germany or the Netherlands", Belingcat founder Eliot Higgins tweeted. Within an hour they concluded that the photo was taken at the holiday park HoogVaals.

Jan 4 '17 14:25

The Netherlands and Belgium are now working together to protect the Benelux air space. Luxembourg is also involved int he cooperation. Representatives of the three countries signed an agreement on this joint air space protection in December, NOS reports.

Police
Jan 4 '17 13:50

The widow of a 35-year-old Macedonian man, who , is suing the police. She is accusing the police of murder or manslaughter, her lawyer Hakan Kulcu confirmed to newspaper AD.

Jan 4 '17 13:10

Dutch criminals increasingly get house arrest with an ankle monitor as a sentence in the Netherlands. Last year Dutch judges imposed ankle monitors as punishments 1,759 times, compared to 900 in 2012, BNR reports.

Ankle monitors are mainly imposed on criminals guilty of robberies and drug-related offenses, Sjef van Gennip, director of Probation Netherlands, said to the broadcaster. House arrest with an ankle monitor is often cheaper than keeping someone in prison. It also enables convicts to keep their jobs or continue with their training, which decreases the risk of recurrence. 

Jan 4 '17 12:35

A car parked at the Kronenburg shopping center in Arnhem went up in flames during the early hours of Friday morning. The police believe arson was involved and launched an investigation. This is the sixth car fire in Arnhem this week, the Gelderlander reports.

The fire was discovered around 3:00 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but not much is left of the car.

Police
Jan 4 '17 09:10

Three bystanders and four police officers rescued a father and his two young children from their car after it ended up upside down in a ditch in Bovenkarspel on Tuesday morning. They did so by lifting the car up by hand and turning it right-side-up, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Polish people were already trying to lift the car when the four officers came rushing to help. The man in the car managed to keep his kids' heads above water until the car was flipped over. The children are six months and three years old. 

Jan 4 '17 08:48

The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.

Emergency services on Branding in Hellevoetsluis after a double shooting, 26 Dec 2016
Jan 4 '17 07:56

A 23-year-old man turned himself in at a police station on Tuesday in connection with a . This is the third suspect to be arrested in this case. One more suspect is being sought, the police said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

Arrest
Jan 4 '17 07:33

On Monday morning the police arrested several people suspected of involvement in the at AMC in Amsterdam on October 10th. All suspects come from Amsterdam, the police announced on Tuesday night.

It is not clear exactly how many suspects were arrested or how they were involved in the crime.

Police uniform
Jan 3 '17 16:15

A 9-year-old child threatened store personnel in Eindhoven with a knife after he was caught shoplifting. The store employees stopped the boy before he could leave the Action store and tried to take him to the office. He pulled a knife and started waving it about, ANP reports.

The employees managed to take the knife from the boy. The 9-year-old grabbed a pen and again tried to stab the employees. When the employees took the pen from him, he started screaming.

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 15:40

Two young girls from Zwanenburg, who were , are doing "reasonably well", the police said in a statemetn. They are both still in the hospital, the mother of one of the girls said to RTV Noord-Holland. 

Lobster poachers caught red handed in Goeree-Overflakkee, 30 Dec 2016
Jan 3 '17 15:05

A lobster poacher caught read handed in Springersdiep on Goeree-Overflakkee, responded to being caught with so much anger that police officers felt the need to call for backup, the police said in a statement on Monday.

The poacher and a companion were caught on Friday. The police were already talking to one poacher - a 48 year old from Goes caught with eight lobsters in a bag - when a second one surfaced. 

Roy Poortman
Jan 3 '17 14:30

Barneveld police officer Roy Poortman was, along with colleagues and firefighters, twice pelted with fireworks over New Year's. In an open letter to the perpetrators behind the fireworks bombs, he calls them cowards and thanks them for the damage to his hearing and a fun evening overall.

Fire in an empty swimming pool building, set to be transformed into a mosque, on Multatulilaan in Culemborg, 28 Dec 2016
Jan 3 '17 12:45

The Association Islamic Community Culemborg so far raised over 280 thousand euros for a new mosque in the city. The site of the planned mosque, an empty swimming pool building, last week. The building was not yet insured, RTV Utrecht reports.

Doeta Aartsma
Jan 3 '17 11:26

A crowdfunding action started to help Amsterdam student Doeta Aartsma restart her business after her equipment was stolen from her home over Christmas, is gaining support. So far about a third of the 10 thousand euros she needs has been raised.

"I actually feel very rich", Aartsma said to Het Parool. "You could say that I should have lost faith in humanity after this nasty experience, but because so many known and unknown people support me, that is not the case."

Police
Jan 3 '17 10:53

The sister-in-law of Hague police officer Mario, who is still in critical condition after being criticized mayor Jozias van Aartsen for calling it a "reasonable" celebration. "How can you speak of a reasonable New Year's while someone is fighting for his life?" she wrote on Facebook, according to Den Haag FM.

Home on Tjalk in Baarn damaged by fireworks, 1 Jan 2017
Jan 3 '17 09:18

Fireworks did some 13 million euros in damage to individuals homes and cars' in the Netherlands over New Year's, according to an initial estimate by the Dutch Association of Insurers. The amount is slightly less than the 14 million euros in fireworks damages last New Year's, NU.nl reports.

German police badge
Jan 3 '17 08:53

The German authorities arrested a Syrian man suspected of planning attacks in the Nehterlands, Geramany, France and Belgium, news wire AFP reports. The suspect texted terrorist group ISIS asking for 180 thousand euros to fund the attacks, German prosecutors said on Monday. 

The man was detained on Saturday and his apartment in Saarbucken was raided. He was formally arrested and charged on Sunday. 

Guy Fawkes mask often used by hackers
Jan 3 '17 08:30

Russian hackers made use of a private Dutch server to attack the American Democratic Party, the Volkskrant reports based on documents from the United States' Department of homeland Security. The Dutch server in question belongs to Rejo Zenger, who wors for privacy organization Bits of Freedom.

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 07:52

Two girls aged 11 and 12 years old were rushed to the hospital on Monday night after they became ill from eating pills they found on the street in Zwanenburg, Noord-Holland. The police can't yet say what drugs were involved, a spokesperson said to NU.nl.

Police officers on the street
Jan 2 '17 11:20

The police delivered a total of 344 people to the Public Prosecutor for committing various crimes over New Year's - a significant increase over last year's 276, the Prosecutor announced, AD reports.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Jan 2 '17 10:40

At least 27 people fell ill at a New Year's celebration in the Friesland town of Damwoude around 4:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. They suffered from stinging eyes and breathing difficulties, NU.nl reports.

The affected people were taken to a a sports hall where they were examined and treated by Red Cross workers. No one was sent to the hospital. 

According to broadcaster NOS, two party attendees got into a fight and one of them opened a canister of tear gas. The police are still investigating what substance was involved. 

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