Crime

Dec 21 '16 17:15

Mayor Theo Weterings of Haarlemmermeer wants to ban all taxis at Schiphol who do not have a permit to use the special taxi strip, he announced on Wednesday. He also wants to work with all involved parties to find ways to prevent from working at the airport in the future, NU.nl reports.

Dec 21 '16 15:30

On Tuesday last week the municipality of Helmond dismissed a senior official "with immediate effect" for committing fraud, the municipality confirmed to Omroep Brabant. The municipality would say nothing about the official's identity or function.

Sources within the municipality told the broadcaster that the official worked as manager of the Department of Internal Services. Another source said that the fraud involved at least 20 thousand euros. 

The Helmond college of Mayor and Aldermen also would no comment on the matter, in an effort to protect the official's privacy. 

Dec 21 '16 14:20

Mayor Jan van Zanen of Utrecht and Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs are very concerned about developments around the alFitrah mosque in Overvecht. Asscher, also the Deputy Prime Minister, is calling on parents to keep their kids away from the mosque, DUIC reports. 

Police
Dec 21 '16 12:35

An armored car was robbed on Koestraat in Purmerend on Wednesday. The perpetrators fled on a scooter and are still at large, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

The armored car was parked at an ING branch in Koestraat when the perpetrators hit. It is unclear whether they managed to steal anything. 

The police are looking for two men, whose descriptions were spread on Burgernet. The robbers are a white man and a dark skinned man. One wore a white jersey with a gray good, a vest, a backpack and dark sneakers. The second man was wearing a blue flight jacket and dark jeans. 

Cyber security
Dec 21 '16 09:00

A majority in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday approved a bill that allows the police to hack suspects in a criminal case. A stricter variant of the law was voted in, in which the police are obliged to immediately report software vulnerabilities to its developers, NU.nl reports.

The law is called Cybercrime III and states that the police can hack the computers of suspects in criminal investigations. This involves suspects in cybercrime, but also other forms of serious crime that carry a penalty of at least 4 years in prison. 

Dec 21 '16 08:34

While the Netherlands often goes farther than neighboring countries in the field of counterterrorism measures, many anti-terror laws are still waiting to be implemented, according to Dutch parliamentarians. This needs to change as soon as possible, was the sentiment in the Tweede Kamer during a debate on the attack in Berlin on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.

The Tweede Kamer is the lower house of Dutch parliament. 

Arrest
Dec 21 '16 07:58

A failed asylum seeker died shortly after being arrested by the police in Maastricht on Tuesday. Limburg Police Chief Gery Veldhuis mentioned a chokehold and possible strangulation in a statement on Tuesday night, but denied that the police would do that, the Volkskrant reports.

The 35-year-old Macedonian man recently came to the Netherlands. On Monday the immigration police informed him that his asylum application was rejected and that he had to leave the European Union within 28 days, according to the newspaper. 

Skating on Amsterdam's Museumplein
Dec 21 '16 07:38

The municipality of Amsterdam decided against placing concrete block traffic barriers to make access more difficult to the Christmas market on the Museumplein. There is currently no reason to do so, the municipality said on Tuesday evening, AT5 reports.

The proposed measure was in response to a on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others according to the Guardian. 

Dec 20 '16 13:00

Last year 185 cyclists were killed in accidents on Dutch roads, 115 men and 70 women, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. The number of cycling deaths in the Netherlands has been around 180 per year since 2004, though the total number of traffic fatalities halved in the last 20 years.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Dec 20 '16 11:00

The Amsterdam Public Prosecutor is calling for a change of law to make preparing for an assassination punishable, even if it can't yet be conclusively proven who the intended target was, the Volkskrant reports.

Mark Rutte
Dec 19 '16 23:04

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed shock and sadness Monday night in response to the deaths of at least nine people in Germany caused by a truck plowing into a crowd of people. Many of the victims were taking part in that city's annual Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz when the Poland-registered lorry barreled into the crowd, injuring about 50 people, according to German authorities.

Dec 19 '16 13:40

The mother of 18-year-old Sophie Kroone is accusing the Medical Center Alkmaar of removing her daughter's organs without permission in 2011. She and lawyer Annet Wood pressed charges with the Hoorn police and the Medical disciplinary board, Gooi- and Eemlander reports.

Lady Justice
Dec 19 '16 13:00

A 36-year-old man was found guilty of drugging then robbing five men while going out on dates with them in Amsterdam. Fanir M. was sentenced to 30 months in prison by the Amsterdam court, Het Parool reports.

According to the Public Prosecutor, M. made dates with men throughout Amsterdam using the gay chat app Bullchat - a service focused on sexual contact. This happened in October and November last year. 

Anti tourism graffiti on Egelantierstraat in Amsterdam, 8 Dec 2016
Dec 19 '16 11:40

Amsterdam activists have taken to writing on the walls in protest against the vast number of tourists in the city. At least two homes spray painted with the words "Stop mass tourism". The homes involved - a houseboat on Lijnbaansgracht and a house on Egelantiersstraat - are believed to be illegal hotels. 

Martin Kok
Dec 16 '16 16:10

Former criminal and crime writer Martin Kok was buried on Thursday. His funeral began in Volendam and ended in the Vrednhof cemetery in Amsterdam, where he was burried two tombstones removed from his friend and Heineken kidnapper Cor van Hout, AD reports.

Kok's coffin was carried by four young women in skimpy outfits. Champagne was served during the service. Friends and family ended the service with a last toast: "You were a top guy. You were a murder guy." and the lighting of firecrackers. PowNed filmed the funeral and posted it on YouTube on Friday.

First trip through the Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel on the A2 underneath Maastricht, 16 Dec 2016
Dec 16 '16 13:15

The opening of thel on the A2 underneath Maastricht was marred by a photo of the bus driver using his smartphone while making the through the tunnel, transporting a number of dignitaries including Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

Breathalyzer alcohol test
Dec 16 '16 12:40

On Thursday night a drunk woman crashed her car into a tree on Nieuwstraat in Sint-Michelsgestel. She had two 9-year-old kids in the car with her, Omroep Brabant reports.

When given a breathalyzer, the woman blew 1605 ugl. That's equal to between 10 to 13 glasses of alcohol.

The children in the car were the woman's daughter and an acquaintance's son. According to the police, the kids sustained injuries to their faces and were "properly panicked". 

The woman's license was confiscated and the incident was reported to youth welfare organizations. 

Dec 16 '16 12:05

A on suspicion of involvement in the murder of crime blogger Martin Kok, was released again on Friday. He was not arraigned, but remains a suspect, the Public Prosecutor announced, according to the Telegraaf. 

Dec 16 '16 10:07

A proposal by VNL to scrap the ban on group defamation, hate speech and discrimination from the Penal Code was rejected by a majority in Dutch parliament on Thursday. A large majority of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, found the proposal not well thought out as it opens the door to discrimination directed at vulnerable groups such as Jews, Muslims, women, LGBT and disabled people, NU.nl reports.

Police
Dec 16 '16 09:35

From today the Dutch police can track suspects using facial recognition - faces of suspects, from surveillance camera footage for example, can now be compared with a large database filled with photos of people with criminal records, NOS reports.

Dec 16 '16 08:42

The Irish believe that their are plans to break Amsterdam gang leader Noufal F. out of prison, according to the Telegraaf. F. is currently in custody in Ireland

Dec 15 '16 16:25

On Thursday a bank employee was suspended from working as a loan officer for six months because she looked at the information of multiple customers without having business related reasons to do so. She is thereby the first banker to be punished for violating the , which was implemented in April last year, ANP reports.

Mitch Henriquez
Dec 15 '16 15:50

' family is angry and disappointed by the "light" punishments given to the police officers who were involved in his death, cousin Alex Dijhoff said to newspaper AD. The family's lawyer called it a "shame".

Dec 15 '16 15:15

The Netherlands is a paradise for criminals wit billions of euros in drug money flowing through the country every year, according to Tilburg Mayor Peter Noordanus. He led a large scale investigation into subversive crime in the country. "If we do nothing, soon nowhere will be safe", he said in an interview with RTL Nieuws.

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