There is no reason to increase the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands following two terrorist attacks in Spain, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said on Friday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sees no reason to adjust the travel advice for Spain, Minister Bert Koenders said to the council of Ministers.
A 39-year-old father from Helmond was sentenced to 90 days in prison, 88 of which conditionally suspended, and 160 hours of community service for assaulting his daughter's ex-boyfriend and making him walk away naked, ANP reports.
The incident happened late last year. The man's daughter told him that the 17-year-old boy had nude photos and videos of her on his phone. Afraid that the boy would spread these images, the father demanded that he hand over his phone. When he refused, the father punched and pushed him, forced him to take off his clothes and then sent him away, naked.
The court in The Hague acquitted 49-year-old Brian H. of shaking his 5-week-old son Jayden to death in 2012 on appeal on Friday. The Public Prosecutor demanded 3 years in prison against him for manslaughter, NU.nl reports.
The man from The Hague was also acquitted when he first stood trial last year, due to lack of evidence. The Public Prosecutor appealed.
The terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils on Thursday and Friday emphasize the need to hurry with the government formation, VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra said at the start of the formation talks on Friday morning. "A country without a government is really something you should not have for too long, certainly not in this time", he said to newspaper AD.
Zijlstra called the attacks terrible.
A 16-year-old girl from Ommen broke both her legs in a terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon. A van crashed into a crowd of people on the Rambla, killing 13 people and injuring over 100, including three Dutch. The other two Dutch victims are also from Ommen, RTV Oost reports.
A Tesla crashed through the wall of a home on 1e Brandenburgerweg in Bilthoven during a police chase early on Friday morning. The home's facade sustained a lot of damage. The fire department is investigating the home to assess the risk of collapse, AD reports.
There were four people in the electric car. According to the police, the driver ignored instructions to pull over and there was a short chase. How the accident happened is still unclear. The police are investigating.
The PVV wants the Tweede Kamer to cut its summer recess short and return for a parliamentary debate on the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, PVV leader Geert Wilders said in a message to the other party leaders, which he also posted on Twitter.
As in previous years, the number of murders committed in the Netherlands decreased in 2016, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. Last year a total of 110 people were killed by violence in the country, ten fewer than in 2015. The victims were 76 men and 34 women.
The number of murder victims halved since the start of this century, both in men and women.
Spain was hit by two terrorist attacks. The first in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, the second in Cambrils during the early hours of Friday morning. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 others were injured, including three Dutch, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Their condition is not life threatening, NOS reports.
The attack in Barcelona happened around 5:00 p.m. A van drove onto the Ramblas, crashing into dozens of people. Thirteen people were killed and over 100 ended up in hospital, including the three Dutch. The perpetrators fled.
Seven men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of 2,500 kilograms of hemp in a container of charcoal at the port of Rotterdam in July, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
The hemp was hidden in a shipment of charcoal that arrived at the port from Nigeria on July 18th. Customs officers discovered the drugs with the help of a container scan and a sniffer dog, according to the Prosecutor. The hemp was removed from the container and destroyed, and the container was sent to its destination.
Employees of the Netherlands national public broadcasting organization NPO are properly shaken up by a hostage situation in the building of NPO 3FM in the Hilversum Media Park on Thursday morning, Shula Rijxman of the board of directors said.
A man was found dead in a home on Kremersmaten in Enschede on Wednesday night. The police responded to the home after receiving a report of a fight. Three people, who were in the home at the time, were arrested, ANP reports.
No information was released about the cause of the man's death or the circumstances surrounding the fight.
A pedagogical assistant confessed to sexually abusing two children at a Patrou child care institution in De Bilt, the Public Prosecutor confirmed. "This involves a single incident and not multiple moments of abuse", a spokesperson said to NU.nl.
The police arrested a man at the NPO 3FM building in the Hilversum Media Park premises around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday after he held a woman hostage there for an hour and a half. The woman is unharmed and is receiving victim assistance, the police said, NU.nl reports.
The police have thus far refused comment about the suspect's identity and motives. According to the police, he threatened a woman in the parking lot in front of the building with a knife. He then forced her into the building and held her captive, authorities allege.
One person was killed in a shooting in a home on Bosscherweg in Maastricht on Wednesday night, the police said on Twitter. The victim's identity is not yet known.
Local residents reported hearing bangs fro the home around 11:00 p.m., according to ANP. Responding officers found a wounded person in the home, who died despite first responders' aid.
The police closed down the area for investigation. No arrests were made as yet, a spokesperson said to the news wire.
A SWAT team fired several shots while arresting a disturbed and aggressive man who barricaded himself in a home on Frederiklaan in Eindhoven on Wednesday. The suspect was injured and was taken to hospital for treatment, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
The suspect did some damage to a neighbor's home and threatened the neighbors with an axe and knife on Wednesday afternoon. He then fled into his own home, threw dozens of boxes through the window and locked himself in.
A pedagogical assistant of childcare organization Patrou in De Bilt is suspected of sexually abusing two girls. The 27-year-old man from Utrecht is currently in custody, the Public Prosecutor confirmed on Wednesday. Parents are appalled. "We are very shocked", one father said to the Telegraaf. "You trust them with your children after all. In addition, I've never had a bad feeling at Patrou."
The diocese of Roermond is advising parishes, municipalities and individuals to replace their Jesus on the cross statues with plastic copies to prevent them from being stolen. According to diocese spokesperson Matheu Bemelmans, the number of thefts and vandalism on these statues or statues of Maria increased over the past year, ANP reports.
The Public Prosecutor and the Zeeland West-Brabant police's Cold Case team reopened the investigation into the murder of Robert Sengers in Esbeek in 2004. A reward of 15 thousand euros is offered for the tip that leads to the perpetrator, AD reports.
Two men who were stabbed in their home in Heerenveen on Tuesday night are father and son. The 60-year-old father was killed, and his 29-year-old son was injured and rushed to the hospital, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded six years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment against 21-year-old Thomas B. in the court in Arnhem on Wednesday. He is suspected of murdering 19-year-old Willianne van Stempvoort in Ede in November last year.
The Rotterdam police arrested a 26-year-old scooter rider last week after finding several cellphones and over 100 thousand euros in cash on his person. The man could not explain why he had so much money on him, AD reports.
An ATM bombing massively damaged the De Bongerd shopping center in Doetinchem during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Part of the shopping center will not open on Wednesday due to the damage, NOS reports.
Local residents were woken by two loud bangs around 3:15 a.m. Witnesses saw men leaving the scene on a scooter. It is unclear whether the robbers managed to steal any money from the ATM.
The bombing caused major damage to the facade of a pet shop next to the ATM. As far as is known, the animals inside weren't harmed.