Crime

Rotterdam police seize Over 1,800 kg of illegal fireworks in Hoogvliet and Wezep, 28 Dec 2016
Jan 2 '17 09:20

Dutch authorities are increasingly concerned about dangerous fireworks used to usher in the New Year. 
"Experience show that more and more often extremely dangerous fireworks are lit", Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said in a press statement, according to the Volkskrant.

He calls on all involved to not wait until autumn to start the fireworks discussion in politics and society. "The damage and injuries caused by these dangerous fireworks are no longer proportional to the entertainment they provide", the Hague mayor said.

Police
Jan 2 '17 08:40

The Dutch police took tweets in which a police chief criticized Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur offline on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Hague police said to AD. In the tweet the police chief reacted with annoyance to Van der Steur calling violence against emergency services personnel "unacceptable".

New Year's fireworks in Amsterdam; 1 Jan 2017
Jan 2 '17 08:00

The Netherlands' entered 2017 without any major problems. There were a number minor clashes between police and party goers, but not massive incidents. Emergency services throughout the country had to deal with young people pelting fireworks at them during the course of their duties. 

A police officer in The Hague was seriously injured after being hit by a car. But according to the police, this was an accident - there is no sign of intent, according to the Volkskrant.

Dec 30 '16 14:33

Child protection caregivers increasingly face aggression and intimidation from parents of families they work with. In some cases the attacks get so severe that the caregivers find that they can no longer do their jobs, NOS reports.

A total of 21 thousand children in the Netherlands are under the supervision of child protection agencies. Two thirds of these kids were taken from their homes and laced in care. Child protection workers are regularly harassed by parents who are angry about their involvement in their lives.

arrest
Dec 30 '16 11:21

Three members of the Hague rap group Strictly Family Business (SFB) were arrested in Suriname. They are accused of making a video of themselves having sex with an underage girl and then spreading the video, RTL Nieuws reports. The video was made a year ago, according to the broadcaster. 

The three rappers were arrested in a hotel, where they were staying for performances in Suriname. 

SFB was launched in 2013, according to RTL. THe four member group work under hip-hop label Topnotch. The group's managers could not be reached for a comment on the arrests. 

Ard van der Steur
Dec 30 '16 09:15

The Dutch prosecutor's office, OM, waited about four days to notify the cabinet that the man suspected of carrying out a terrorist attack in Berlin also spent time in the Netherlands after the incident. Dutch authorities ultimately notified Minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) that the suspect, Anis Amri, traveled through the Netherlands, Van der Steur said in answer to parliamentary questions on Thursday.

Opposition parties were angered by the delay in notifying the cabinet minister, calling it an apparent lack of urgency among the Dutch authorities.

Dec 29 '16 14:50

The Dutch police do not always keep to safety regulations when it comes to storing confiscated illegal fireworks, Omroep Brabant reports based on its own research. Officers often don't have the proper training and the cabinets used to store dangerous bangers do not meet the safety requirements. This already led to dozens of incidents, according to the broadcaster.

Fire in an empty swimming pool building, set to be transformed into a mosque, on Multatulilaan in Culemborg, 28 Dec 2016
Dec 29 '16 13:40

Organization Muslim Youth Culemborg is as confused as everyone else about a possible motive for the b in the city on Wednesday night. The building was set to be turned into a mosque and a home base for young people in the Muslim community next year. "We never noticed in Culemborg people who are against the mosque", chairman Kamal Benmoghyt said to NOS.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Dec 29 '16 13:05

A home on Honthorststraat in Eindhoven was severely damaged by an explosion around 4:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. The police closed down the street in the Burghplan neighborhood for investigation, the police said on Twitter.

According to newspaper AD, the resident was home when the explosion happened, but managed to escape unharmed. 

The home's windows were broken and several cars in the area were damaged. The home's facade also sustained damage. 

Dec 29 '16 11:50

A Dutch man arrested in Germany on the suspicion that he raped an asylum seeker in the shelter that he runs, has been released. A WhatsApp chat conversation suggests that the man and woman had a consensual and "intimate love relationship", a court in Arnsberg decided, ANP reports.

The charge against the man, Paul van M., was filed by a 22-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who lived in the shelter he runs in Germany. She told the authorities that she had been raped at least four times, became pregnant and had an abortion.

Rotterdam police seize Over 1,800 kg of illegal fireworks in Hoogvliet and Wezep, 28 Dec 2016
Dec 29 '16 10:05

The Rotterdam police found and seized 1,800 kilograms of illegal fireworks after raids in Hoogvliet and Wezep on Wednesday morning. Four people were arrested, the police announced.

The raids were the result of a months-long investigation triggered by the arrest of two minors in Spijkenisse a few months ago. The two kids were in possession of illegal fireworks. Extensive investigation led the police to the two addresses in Hoogvliet and Wezep. 

Dec 29 '16 09:37

Fake postal workers using a stolen mail truck are believed to be behind two separate robberies of a second-hand electronics store in Nieuwegein.
The iUsed location was robbed twice in five days. "This is very bizarre", iUsed manager Jip van Asperen said to newspaper AD. 

On Friday two people dressed as PostNL workers stole a large order of Apple devices directly from the store. The order, value estimated at around 20 thousand euros, was already packaged and waiting for the postal van to pick it up. 

Fire in an empty swimming pool building, set to be transformed into a mosque, on Multatulilaan in Culemborg, 28 Dec 2016
Dec 29 '16 07:33

Empty swimming pool building De Meer in Culemborg went up in flames on Wednesday night. The building on Multatulilaan was sold to Association Islamic community Culemborg, who planned to transform it into a mosque. Five cars also caught fire. According to the police, this is not a case of fire spreading from one place to another, a spokesperson said to ANP.

Lady Justice
Dec 28 '16 15:25

The Rotterdam police's cold case team reopened the case surrounding the murder of 17-year-old Petra van den Berg during the early morning hours of New Year's Day 1982. This is a final attempt to find the Rotterdam teen's murderer, AD reports.

Nijmegen central station
Dec 28 '16 14:59

Anis Amri, the main suspect behind an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, was almost certainly in Nijmegen on December 21st, the Public Prosecutor said, according to NOS. A man matching Amri's description can be seen on surveillance camera footage at Nijmegen train station.

Police
Dec 28 '16 13:00

has been found. She was reunited with mother around 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at a police station. She is in good health, mother Cindy said to the Telegraaf.

Arrest
Dec 28 '16 12:20

A 23-year-old man from Poland was arrested for pulling a woman from her bike and choking her in Elshout on Monday night. This happened a day after a 17-year-old girl was followed by a man in the same area. The police believe it to be the same perpetrator, Omroep Brabant reports.

Dec 28 '16 11:45

Four men were acquitted of having se with an underage prostitute in Valkenburg on appeal by the court in Den Bosch on Wednesday. Another 23 suspected were all sentenced to one day in prison and varying amounts of community service. The court thereby largely decided to keep in tact, NU.nl reports.

Dec 28 '16 11:10

Family members of El-Hasan D. from Amsterdam, who was convicted for involvement in the death of football linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen in 2012, launched a fundraising campaign to help D. raise the money for the compensation he has to pay to his victim's family. D. has to pay some 60 thousand euros in compensation, Het Parool reports.

A bus departing from Sloterdijk station in Amsterdam
Dec 28 '16 10:29

Anis Amri, the man responsible for an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, traveled through the Netherlands after the attack, according o Italian and French media Italian newspapers La Republica and Corriere della Sera report that a SIM card was found in his bag that was only distributed in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

11 year old Nikkie missing from Deventer since 27 Dec 2016
Dec 28 '16 09:34

An 11-year-old girl went missing in Deventer on Tuesday night. Nikkie was last seen around 8:00 p.m. A family member states on Facebook that she never returned home from playing outside.

According to a description spread on Burgernet, Nikkie is a Caucasian girl with blond hair. She is about 1.50 meters tall and was wearing gray jeans and a black jacket when she was last seen. 

Anyone with information about the 11-year-old's whereabouts should call the police on 112. 

Dec 28 '16 07:46

A suspicious package left at the Heerlen city hall last week Wednesday contained a threatening letter addressed to th city's mayor Ralf Krewinkel, according to lawyer Sjanneke de Crom, ANP reports.

De Crom represents the person suspected of leaving the package. He was arrested on Thursday and released again on Tuesday. He remains a suspect. 

The package was discovered during a city council meeting on Wednesday evening last week. Everyone was evacuated from the building and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called to investigate.

Dec 27 '16 13:45

A Drunk passenger bit a KLM flight attendant on the ear on flight KL605 from Amsterdam to San Francisco last week, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the newspaper, the passenger and his girlfriend were already quite drunk while boarding. It is unclear why they were allowed on the plane. During the flight the attendants refused to serve them any more alcohol. And they decided to make a fuss, including drinking alcohol they brought with them and even lighting a cigarette.

Dec 27 '16 13:10

The central hall of Amsterdam Central Station was evacuated and closed down to the public for a short time on Monday night due to abandoned luggage. The police investigated and found nothing suspicious in the luggage, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The east- and west- sides of the station were still accessible during the investigation.. Train traffic was also not disrupted, a spokesperson for NS said to the Telegraaf.

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