Crime

Dec 15 '16 13:55

The police are investigating whether arson was involved iin a fire on a train at Amsterdam's Sloterdijk station on Wednesday night. The fire was relatively quickly extinguished, but did delay train traffic between Sloterdijk and Haarlem for hours afterwards.

According to the Telegraaf, the train was on its way to Beverwijk, but stopped in Sloterdijk when smoke was smelled. All passengers got out of the train unharmed. The train was then moved to outside the station, about 200 meters away, where firefighters got to work extinguishing the fire. 

Dec 15 '16 12:40

Businessman Dick Peschar, who went missing in Amsterdam on Saturday and suddenly reappeared on Wednesday, claims that he was kidnapped by Albanian criminals. But according to the Telegraaf, he was seen taking his ease at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam earlier this week.

Peschar is involved in a complicated fraud case. He was last seen in a cafe in Amsterdam on Saturday night. His Mercedes was found in a ditch. The police launched a search for him, and found no trace of the businessman, until he reappeared unharmed on Wednesday.

Dec 15 '16 11:26

Two police officers were put on probation as punishment for their involvement in the fatal arrest of in The Hague last year, police chief Paul Musscher announced in a press conference on Thursday.

Dec 15 '16 10:06

Four members of nationalist party NVU are appearing in court on Thursday. According to the Public Prosecutor, they insulted Jews while demonstrating in Amsterdam on March 12th of this year, Het Parool reports. 

Arrest
Dec 15 '16 09:39

The police arrested seven men for brawling prior to a football match between PEC Zwolle and FC Utrecht in Zwolle on Wednesday. The police believe that all arrested suspects are supporters of one of the two football teams, De Stentor reports.

The police responded to reports of a brawl on Rhijvis Feithlaan, at the height of Banginesingel on Wednesday afternoon. Several officers were already on site preparing for the football match. They were therefore able to stop the brawl soon after it began.

Dec 15 '16 07:46

Non-Western minorities living in the Netherlands are losing faith in the country, according to a report published by social and cultural planning office SCP on Thursday. Since the start of this century they've become more negative about the social climate, feel less at home and feel more discriminated against, ANP reports.

Dec 14 '16 15:20

Four prison guards and one prisoner were taken to hospital on Wednesday morning to be treated for smoke inhalation in a fire in De Schie prison on Professor Jonkersweg in Rotterdam. Two of the injured inhaled a large amount of smoke, but no one is in life-threatening danger, a spokesperson for the fire department said to newspaper AD.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Dec 14 '16 13:25

A woman sustained serious injuries in Nijmegen on Wednesday when she fell off the Waal bridge on the Waalkade and landed on the deck of a passing cruise ship, the Gelderlander reports.

Emergency services responded en masse and rushed the woman to the hospital. At this stage the police believe the woman was trying to commit suicide. 

The cruise ship on which she fell - the A-Rosa Flora - was on its way to Germany. The passengers were inside the ship at the time. 

Two men stole a safe from the A'DAM tower in Amsterdam, 11 Dec 2016
Dec 14 '16 12:05

The A'DAM tower in Amsterdam was robbed in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon. Two men managed to get hold of the safe containing the daily cash flow and ran off with it, despite the fact that it weighs about 50 kilograms, Het Parool reports.

Sander Groet, owner of the tower, called it a brutal robbery. "The safe stood in a room on the 16th floor where our personnel walk in and out", he said to the newspaper. "It contained particularly our cash flow and fee our large safe is embedded into a wall. They knew exactly where to be."

Dec 14 '16 11:30

Shady Amsterdam landlords and brokers regularly swindle expats looking for somewhere to stay in the city, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own research. Expatriates make easy targets, as they don't speak the language, are unfamiliar with the rules and institutions and are often under high amounts of pressure to find a home quick, according to the newspaper.

Dec 14 '16 10:20

Union FNV is very concerned about the large number of temporary workers at Schiphol's passenger and cargo security. The "huge carousel of temporary workers", and its accompanying high staff turnover, has consequences for the employees, but also for security at the airport, the union writes in a report published on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.

Dec 14 '16 09:43

The chairman of Turkish-Dutch mosque umbrella organization Diyanet collected names of people who sympathize with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen and passed it on to the regime of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the chairman himself admitted in an interview with the Telegraaf. 

Dec 14 '16 07:18

Two members of a police SWAT team were injured in an explosion in Spaarndam on Tuesday. One of them is in a serious condition, according to ANP.

The explosion happened around 6:30 p.m. on Inlaagpolder. The explosion happened in or near one of the team's cars. The two injured officers were near the car when it happened, a spokesperson for the police said to the news wire.

The spokesperson could not say exactly what happened or why the SWAT team was in Spaarndam. 

Dec 13 '16 16:55

Former NS CEO wants Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance to testify in the criminal case surrounding irregularities in the procurement of public transport in Limburg. According to Huges' lawyer Daan Doorenbos, Dijsselbloem has to explain "criminalizing statements" he made about the former CEO, the lawyer said in the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Dec 13 '16 12:15

Klaas Otto, the broke the most important rule in motorcycle clubs' code of conduct by speaking to the police and Public Prosecutor, according to the Telegraaf.

Live puppy found at a dog trader's warehouse in Holwerd. 23 dead dogs were found in the freezer, 12 Dec 2016
Dec 13 '16 11:00

The Friesland police arrested a 20-year-old man from Drachten after 23 dead dogs and 4 dead rabbits were found in a warehouse in Holwerd where he traded puppies from, AD reports.

The man offered sick and neglected puppies for sale on Marktplaats, and sold them with false ownership papers. The police also found nie live puppies and 16 adult dogs in the warehouse on Grandyk. The dogs were rescued and transferred to a shelter address.

Dec 13 '16 09:33

Cocaine use in the cities of Utrecht and Eindhoven increased significantly over the past year, according to the European agency for drugs and drug addiction EMCDDA based on a study on drugs in the sewage of cities, ANP reports. 

In Utrecht the amount of cocaine residue found in the sewage was twice as high as last year. According to the researchers' calculations, about half a kilo of cocaine is used in the city each day. In Eindhoven that number is slightly higher. 

Asylum seekers
Dec 13 '16 08:28

State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice wants to keep problem causing asylum seekers under "house arrest" over New Year's, he said on radio program Dit is de Dag on Monday.

"This is specifically involves people we know are irritating in each municipality. These are people with a criminal record or who the police often have to send away or cause inconvenience", Dijkhoff said. According to him, putting them under house arrest is possible, because local authorities have files about troublemakers. 

Dec 12 '16 14:55

PostNL fired one of its drivers with immediate effect on Monday for a Facebook post in which he praised the bombing in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend. The Dutch postal service confirmed the dismissal on Facebook and Twitter, following an outraged storm of reactions.

"Too bad there were only 20 deaths, there should have been many more. At least those 29 aren't coming here, great." The man wrote on Facebook

arrest
Dec 12 '16 14:20

Two men from Berg en Terblijt in Limburg were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of involvement in a shooting in Rotterdam on Friday. A 23-year-old man from Rotterdam was also arrested, 1Limburg reports.

During the early hours of Friday morning the police received a report of guns shots in Tarwewijk, Rotterdam. A short time later a man showed up at a police station claiming that he was threatened with firearms. The victim, a 25-year-old man from Rotterdam, was taken to a hospital, where a bullet was found in his upper body. 

DENK Sylvana Simons Kuzu
Dec 12 '16 13:45

A 65-year-old man was found guilty of and sentenced to 60 hours of community service by the court in The Hague on Monday. Half of the sentence is conditionally suspended, ANP reports.

Egbert Uitenwerf, died in police custody in Rotterdam on 23 Nov 2016
Dec 12 '16 13:10

On November 23rd a 58-year-old Rotterdam man died in a police cell shortly after he was arrested. His daughter decided to share her side of the story on Facebook, calling for justice for her father and their family.

Police officers and paramedics at the scene of an incident
Dec 12 '16 12:25

Susan Smit from Weesp was killed in a bizarre accident on the A9 highway on Saturday afternoon. A truck collided against a traffic portal, which fell down onto Smit's car. The 40-year-old mother of three teenagers died at the scene, according to newspaper AD.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Dec 12 '16 11:43

A 40-year-old man from Almere was injured in a shooting on IJburglaan in Amsterdam early on Monoday orning. He was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unclear, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

The shooting was first reported to the police around 4:00 a.m. Officers responded to the scen eand found the wounded man. He was still conscious and told the police that he'd been shot. 

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