Some 100 people gathered on the Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday night to protest against the arrest of a 12-year-old boy on the square earlier this week. Activist Jeffrey Afriyie and politician Sylvana Simons were among the protesters. "Let this be the last tie we deliver our children to people that would rather lock them up than bring them up." Afriyie said speaking at the protest, AD reports.
A 23-year-old woman is in critical condition in an Amsterdam hospital after she was run over by a car while crossing the street at a pedestrian crossing on Spaklerweg on Thursday, the police said in a statement
According to the police, the 66-year-old driver of the car was arrested. He was taken to a police station for questioning and a breathalyzer test. No alcohol was found in his system and he was released.
The police initially said that the victim died, but later called it a "mistake in communication". The woman is in hospital with critical injuries.
Three commanders of the marines involved in ending a train hijacking at De Punt in 1977, finally decided to break their silence and speak out against the controversy around the hijacking. In an interview with the Telegraaf they say that they find the past years' criticism on the action "disgusting" and that the soldiers acted according to the rules in ending the hijacking. The Telegraaf will publish the full interview on Saturday.
On Thursday night the police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Baljuwslaan and arrested a total of 10 people. The suspects include nine men and one woman. According to the police, the 9 men make up the entire Haarlem chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang, ANP reports.
The men are aged between 35 and 64 years and come from Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar and IJmuiden. They are all suspected of participation in a criminal organization. Some are also suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson.
The Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom reached an agreement on implementing passport controls on large international trains. A joint task force will be established to discuss this with Thalys and Eurostar, ANP reports.
The task force will also work on introducing better passenger lists for international high-speed trains. The intention behind this it so that security services can make sure no wanted criminals are on the train.
A police officer is now under suspicion of causing the death of a 68-year-old homeless man arrested in Amersfoort, Utrecht last week. The homeless man was taken into custody for public intoxication at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, and the officer is accused of pushing him hard into a jail cell in the same city later that evening.
The homeless man died on Wednesday, the public prosecutor said in a statement.
The prosecutor said the suspect was not cooperating when he was pushed. He then fell and hit his head, the prosecutor's office confirmed.
"I want that sick madman to be punished. He should be locked up until he is cured", one of the victims of suspected webcam pedophile Aydin C. said in the court in Amsterdam on Thursday. The Tilburg man is suspected of blackmailing dozens of underage girls after convincing them to strip for him in front of their webcams. C. remained silent in court on Thursday, AD reports.
Outrage and anger reign in Amsterdam-Zuidoost over the arrest of a 12-year-old boy at the Amsteramse Poort on Tuesday afternoon. Enforcement officers stopped the boy for cycling where it was not allowed, AT5 reports.
According to the broadcaster, the boy did not want to show any identification - though a person on Facebook points out that at age 12 you don't have to carry ID with you. Videos posted on social media show how the boy is cuffed, to the fury of bystanders. The enforcers called the police and handed the boy over to them.
An American lawyer working at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague says she was the victim of racially motivated police brutality when she was arrested for jaywalking in the city earlier this week.
An ATM bombing at a Rabobank branch in Didam early on Thursday morning left the bank's facade severely damaged, dozens of local residents evacuated and locked out of their homes and about 10 stores closed. This is because unused explosives were found at the scene, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The bombing happened just after 3:00 a.m. at the Rabobank in Wilhelminastraat. About 20 residents were evacuated from around a dozen homes above and around the bank. They were given shelter in the town hall. About 10 surrounding stores also had to remain close on Thursday morning.
The Dutch authorities are still struggling to break into an encrypted hard drive belonging to suspected webcam pedophile Aydin C. The Tilburg man is on trial for blackmailing dozens of underage girls after he convinced them to strip in front of their webcams, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor believes that much evidence can be found on the hard drive, if only they could break into it. The authorities have been trying to do so for three years. C. denies that the hard drive belongs to him, he says it's a friend's.
As far as murders go, Drenthe and Zeeland are the safest provinces in the Netherlands, according to Elsevier's annual murder list. Over the past 25 years, the fewest murders were committed in those provinces. Zuid-Holland had the most murders in that period, NU.nl reports based on the Elsevier list.
Henk K., father of 19 children, is suspected of attempted manslaughter on one of his sons, sexually assaulting at least one daughter and abusing his children. This abuse included tying a son to a table and threatening him with a chainsaw, locking his kids in a closet for days and sexual fornication with an 11-year-old daughter, RTL Nieuws reports.
Suspected pedophile Aydin C. from Tilburg claims that he is innocent, he said in the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday. He is accused of convincing dozens of underage girls from various countries to undress in front of a webcam and then blackmailing between 2008 and 2014. He would say nothing further. "I'll wait to have the last word", C. said, according to newspaper AD.
Amsterdam city councilor Samira Bouchiti (VVD) heard "dozens" of accounts of kids being physically assaulted during Koran lessons while she was giving guest lectures at schools in the city. "They're about teachers who strike. Sometimes even with a stick, hits on the fingertips, slaps, ear pulling. It is structural and apparently suits the way in which lessons is given", she said, according to newspaper AD. She raised the issue with the Amsterdam city council and asked the college of mayor and aldermen to investigate.
The criminal underworld is increasingly mixing with daily life in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, Mayor Peter den Oudsten of Groningen, deputy chief prosecutor for northern Netherlands Gert Veurink and northern Tax office director Cor Zoontjies warn in Dagblad van het Noorden on Wednesday.
Double shooting suspect Elias Adahchour, who escaped police custody during a hospital visit in Rotterdam on January 18th, was placed on the national wanted list on Tuesday, ANP reports.
The national wanted list consists of the most wanted suspects and convicts in the Netherlands. It lists their full names as well as a recognizable photo.
Jamal Williams from Vught ended up in hospital in critical condition after he stood up for a woman in an Eindhoven nightclub on Saturday night. The 24-year-old man confronted a group of men for harassing a woman and was beaten up for his efforts.
The assault happened around 2:00 a.. on Sunday on Stratumseind. Jamal's mother says that he was beaten to the ground while standing in line at the club. He sustained a brain injury, but is now in stable condition, the mother said according to Brabants Dagblad.
The police are calling on witnesses to come forward in the case of a house fire in Amersfoort in which 11-year-old Lindsey Ngo was killed. The police believe arson was involved.
As the suspect in the shooting of businessman Bert Jonker at ice rink Thialf in Heerenveen early this month still has not been found, the police and judiciary decided to release his identity. They hope that suspect Charles Reinier vn der Wouden will either turn himself in or that information from the public will help locate him.
The Almelo police call on residents to stop sharing photos and videos on social media of a fatal accident in the city on Monday. A 16-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a car.
The accident happened on Vincent van Goghplein, right in front of a crowded shopping center. Multiple people saw it happen, and several people took photos and videos. According to AD, the 16-year-old boy was cycling when he was hit by a car. He died at the scene.
Bystanders rescued a man from his burning Audi A3 after an accident in Dalfsen on Tuesday morning. The motorist hit a tree on Heinoseweg around 8:30 a.m. His car caught fire moments later, the Telegraaf reports.
Bystanders saw what happened and rushed to help the man. They pulled the driver out of the car. He escaped the accident with only minor injuries. But his car burnt out completely.
The challenge of keeping the Netherlands digitally safe is increasingly growing, according to Onno Eichelsheim, director of Dutch military intelligence service MIVD. The MIVD is therefore urgently looking for the next generation of cyber specialists to keep hackers out, he said to newspaper Trouw on Tuesday.
According to Eichelsheim, the specialists he is looking for is hard to come by, as they first need more training. "In order to understand new threats, I for example need people who can build algorithms to filter large amounts of internet data", he said to the newspaper.
The number of car thefts in the Netherlands dropped to 9,179 stolen vehicles last year, about 9 percent less than in 2015. The number of recovered cars also showed a slight increase, 2.1 percent, for the first time in years, the foundation for tackling vehicle crime AVC announced, ANP reports.
The number of new stolen cars, up to three years old, saw the biggest decrease at minus 27 percent. In that category the number of stolen vehicles decreased by 775.