Crime

Feb 24 '17 14:30

The Dutch Tax Authorities must stop collecting images and data from cameras along highways, the Supreme Court ruled. According to the court, collecting that data and the way it is used violates privacy laws, AD reports.

The Tax Authorities use the data collected for checks under the aggregation scheme and to impose additional taxes.

Women on Waves
Feb 24 '17 12:05

The abortion ship of Dutch organization Women on Waves was seized by the Guatemalan navy on Thursday. The women of the nonprofit organization were giving abortions to women who were 10 weeks pregnant or less just outside the territorial waters of Guatemala. The country only allows abortions to women who are in life threatening danger, the Volkskrant reports.

Feb 24 '17 11:30

A 15-year-old girl believed to have posted a nude photo of Enschede teen Onur Cucu online, is now facing an online smear campaign against herself. Onur after discovering the photo. Numerous people is holding the girl responsible for his death, AD reports. 

Mark Rutte
Feb 24 '17 08:31

Information about Prime Minister Mark Rutte and military airbase Volkel was found in the home of 23-year-old  Eindhoven terror suspect Hasan A., the Public Prosecutor revealed in court on Thursday. Hasan A. is standing trial on suspicion of preparing for terrorist actions, AD reports.

Geert Wilders surrounded by bodyguards, Spijkenesse Feb 2017
Feb 24 '17 08:07

Faris K., the police officer in the Safety and Security Service, was previously also suspected of integrity violations, newspaper AD reports. Faris K. was investigated for leaking police information while he worked at the Utrecht police, colleagues of the suspected cop told the newspaper. The outcome of that investigation is unclear.

Feb 23 '17 16:31

The Dutch nationalist and anti-Islam political party PVV has suspended all election campaigning and public appearances in the midst of a corruption scandal. The scandal involves a member of the security details of both the PVV and the royal family who was arrested on Monday for leaking classified information to organized crime figures.

Police chief Erik Akerboom said at no point was anyone's safety compromised despite allegations that security officer Faris K. is accused of leaking information to a Dutch-Moroccan gang.

Fort Oranje in Rijsbergen
Feb 23 '17 15:20

After watching a SBS6 television program about life in camp grounds Fort Oranje on Wednesday, Breda resident Gerrie Vermeulen was so shocked that he decided to spring into action. He set up a Facebook group in the hopes that some publicity will get the attention of politicians, Omroep Brabant reports.

Football
Feb 23 '17 14:10

A  21-year-old Schiedam football player was arrested on Tuesday for aggravated assault on a referee during a football match on Sunday. The player headbutted 60-year-old Rotterdam referee Henry Swenandan during a match between Steeds Hoger 3 and Kocatepe 7, AD reports.

Five minutes before the end of the match, the referee issued a red card for tackling. The football player in question was not happy and headbutted the referee.

Automatic weapons found in a flower truck on the A1 in Apeldoorn, heading towards Germany
Feb 23 '17 13:35

Two men were arrested on the A1 in Apeldoorn on Tuesday night after the police found four automatic firearms, about 110 kilos of amphetamine and about 160 kilos of hash and hemp hidden among a shipment of flowers in their truck, the police announced.

The truck of flowers, on its way to Germany, was searched around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. When checking the cargo area, the police noticed a large box containing what looked like a firearm among the flowers. Closer inspection showed that it was an automatic firearm.

Police
Feb 23 '17 13:00

When 55-year-old Eddy Rietman from Colmschate glanced out of his kitchen window around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, he was shocked to see two masked men planting explosives in a Rabobank ATM across the street. As the upstanding citizens that they are, Rietman's wife phoned the police while Eddy snuck onto his balcony to film what happened on his phone.

Eddy hid himself out of sight on the balcony and recorded the ATM bombers on his phone. "I don't think they had guns with them, but of course you never know with that ilk." Rietman said to newspaper De Stentor. 

1,100 kilos of heroin seized at the port of Antwerp, shipped from Iran
Feb 23 '17 09:20

On Tuesday the Dutch police arrested six persons in connection with the discovery of 1,100 kilograms of heroin in a container from Iran, the police said in a statement. The drugs' street value is around 34 million euros, according to the police. More arrests may follow.

The arrests were made after the Dutch authorities and Belgian authorities jointly searched a container from Iran in the port of Antwerp on Monday. In it they found the drugs hidden in two baking machines. The drugs were removed and the container was sent on to its destination.

Arrest
Feb 23 '17 08:57

The police arrested six people in connection with the kidnapping of a 53-year-old man in the small Dutch town of Nunspeet in December. The arrests were made on Wednesday, the police said in a statement. So far no information was released about the motive for the kidnapping.

The suspects are two men from Breda age 50 and 29, two from Tilburg age 36 and 30, a 59-year-old from Rotterdam and a 67-year-old man from Alphen aan den Rijn. Seven homes in Breda, Tilburg, Oss, Rotterdam and Alphen aan den Rijn were raided. A number of items were seized, including two firearms.

Geert Wilders rally in Purmerend
Feb 23 '17 08:32

There is no reason to believe that an information leak discovered in the Safety and Security Service of the police put any of the people under the Service's protection in danger, Minister Stef Blok of Security and Justice wrote to parliament on Wednesday. The government is taking the matter "very seriously", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, ANP reports.

Feb 23 '17 08:01

The Public Prosecutor believes that lawyer Stijn Franken smuggled letters to and from criminal kingpin Willem Holleeder while he was in restricted custody in the high security prison in Vught, the Telegraaf reports. 

Police
Feb 22 '17 13:20

A police officer was arrested on Monday on suspicion of leaking investigation information to a Moroccan-Dutch criminal organization, NRC reports. According to the newspaper, the officer in question is of Moroccan descent and works at the so-called Safety and Security Department, tasked with providing security to the royal family and threatened politicians like Geert Wilders, among others.

Feb 22 '17 11:30

The number of unauthorized people walking along Dutch train tracks increased by 200 to a total of 3,105 last year, according to rail manager ProRail. These incidents delayed 16,539 trains and meant that 1.6 million passengers reached their destinations late, ANP reports.

According to the ProRail, these so-called "rail walkers" are often hikers, people walking their dogs, children playing or vandals. "They appear especially when the weather is nice and in places where recreation and tracks meet. Think of nature areas or campsites located next to the track." ProRail said.

Numerous barrels of drug waste found in Weert, 21 Feb 2017
Feb 22 '17 08:12

On Tuesday evening two police officers and a photographer in Weert fell ill after investigating dumped barrels of drugs-waste. They were suffering from stinging eyes and irritated airways and were taken to hospital, a police spokesperson said to AD.

A number of 200 liter barrels and about ten 50 liter barrels were found on Driehoeksweg. It is believed that several of these barrels leaked. Exactly what substances are in the barrels is still unclear.

The police called in a specialized company to clean up the drug waste.

Feb 21 '17 14:30

The Public Prosecutor closed the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Leon Groeneweg from Schiedam. There are no new leads to follow and it is not even clear whether a crime was committed, AD reports.

Leon Groeneweg disappeared in June 2008, shortly after telling his parents that he wants to part ways with a group of friends because of their increasing drug use and criminal activity. His body was found in the Brielse Meer, near camp Kruininger Gors nine days later.

Police
Feb 21 '17 13:55

Police union ACP is worried that some of the neighborhood watch groups in the Netherlands are taking on a threatening gang-like character, vice president Erwin Koenen said to ANP. Using violence is the "monopoly of the police", and such groups undermine that, he said.

Feb 21 '17 13:20

A 16-year-old girl was hit by a tram at the intersection of Burgemeesteer Van Leeuwenlaan and Burgemeester Roellstraat in Slotermeer, Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. She died at the scene, Het Parool reports.

The accident happened around 1:40 p.m. Bystanders report that the girl was dragged a couple of meters by the tram.

Local residents told AT5 that they've repeatedly sounded the alarm about the dangerous situation at the intersection, but so far their warnings were ignored.

Feb 21 '17 12:45

Lawyer Jan Piet van R. was arrested on Monday night in the investigation against former No Surrender leader Klaas Otto, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to the Telegraaf. A number of addresses was raided on Monday and more will be raided on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.

The Public Prosecutor spokesperson could not say why the lawyer was arrested. Otto claims that he works for the Amsterdam lawyer and visited clients for him abroad, according to the Telegraaf. 

Christian bible
Feb 21 '17 12:10

Although two pastors at the Reformed Church in Amersfoort Oost kept sexual abuse by a church member in 1986 quiet, there was definitely not a cover up, the church concluded in an investigation. The investigation revealed that the then pastor and his successor were only aware of two cases of sexual abuse of young boys by church member Piet Hein W. from Hoevelaken, AD reports.

Feb 21 '17 08:41

Possible forgery by a clerk at the court in Arnhem could result in a 26-year-old man from Arnhem, convicted of killing his infant son, going free, according to the lawyers representing him, AD reports.

The 26-year-old man was sentenced to 46 months in prison in October last year for the severe abuse and neglect of his son, resulting in the baby's death in 2010. The baby had several broken bones and eventually died from the effects of an intestinal perforation. According to the doctors who examined the baby's body, that was caused by a hard punch in the stomach. 

Police
Feb 21 '17 07:34

Last year the Dutch police again received more reports about disturbed people causing problems, the police confirmed to ANP. Nearly 75 thousand reports were received, compared to about 66 thousand in 2015. Since 2012 the number of reports about disturbed problem causers increased by an average of 14 percent per year.

"We have the impression that the severity of the incidents is increasing. This has an impact on the environment and requires a lot of police on the street", Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Allbersberg said to ANP.

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