Crime

Tired cyclist decides to complete his trip on a stolen tractor, with his bike tied to it, Boekel 26 May 2017
May 26 '17 16:10

A tired cyclist in Boekel came up with the brilliant solution to make the rest of his way home on a stolen tractor. His plan did not work out that great for him - the police caught him a short time later, with his bicycle tied onto the stolen tractor.

This all happened during the early hours of Friday morning, according to the Boekel police on Facebook. "The result is that the man with this 'genius' idea spent the night with us", the police wrote.

The tractor was returned to its owner. 

May 26 '17 15:00

Belgian customs officers seized nearly 90 million cigarettes in the port of Antwerp last week - one of the largest ever in the port. The shipment came from the Egyptian port of Said and was destined for a company in the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Belgian Minister of Finance Johan van Overtveldt congratulated all involved in this record bust. "The fight against illegal products and fraud is high on the agenda, and we can see that in the results."

The cigarettes involved are so-called Cheap White cigarettes of brands not registered in Belgium. 

Krischan Fischer, escaped from a psych clinic in Bedburg-Hau in Germany, just across the border with Nijmegen, 25 May 2017
May 26 '17 13:15

A dangerous and potentially armed man escaped from a psychiatric facility in Germany, just across the border rom Nijmegen, on Thursday, the police in Kleve, Germany warned on Friday. Sources in the institution describe Krischan Fischer as unpredictable and dangerous, ANP reports.

The 35-year-old man attacked another detainee and two employees in the LVR clinic in Bedburg-Hau on Thursday evening, according to the Gelderlander. He then escaped by climbing over a four meter high wall. 

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May 26 '17 12:40

From July 1st a new law will be implemented in the Netherlands that will allow the Dutch police to use saliva tests to check whether motorists are under the influence of drugs. The police will use the saliva test to quickly check for drug use, after which a proper blood test will be done which will be checked by the Netherlands Forensic Institute, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police guard in a detention center
May 26 '17 10:20

Over the past three years 17 criminals in the Netherlands dropped off the radar after a judge released them on bond, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf. "The highest bond amount paid is a million euros", a spokesperson for the Prosecutor said to the broadcaster.

Violence against emergency workers
May 26 '17 09:02

A father and son were arrested in Dordrecht on Thursday after they assaulted an ambulance driver, the Dordrecht police said on Facebook. According to the police, the men did not agree with the paramedics wanting to take a woman to the hospital.

The ambulance responded to Rigelhof in Sterrenburg to help a woman. The paramedics determined that she had to go to the hospital, against the will of her husband and son. After the woman was loaded into the ambulance, and the ambulance was about to leave, the father and son attacked the driver. 

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May 26 '17 08:41

A pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in Arnhem on Thursday night. The driver fled the scene and is still at large, the Gelderlander reports.

The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on the corner of Velperweg and Arbeidstraat. Witnesses told the police that the man was hit by a white Mercedes. The police call on local residents to keep an eye out for the car and to contact them with any information that could help track the driver down. 

The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

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May 25 '17 14:30

A bank employee was dismissed with immediate effect after he was caught spying on family members' bank accounts. A Disciplinary Committee found him guilty of breaking the Banker's Oath and banned him from workng in the banking sector for six months, NU.nl reports based on the ruling.

The employee spied on the banking information of his in-laws, acquaintances, his partner and other family members. 

Alex Wiegmink, murdered in Posbank on 20 Jan 2003
May 25 '17 10:30

The Public Prosecutor demanded 13 years in prison against suspects Frank S. and Souris R. for the murder of Alex Wiegmink over 14 years ago. The suspects were also charged with hiding Wiegmink's body, but that charge was dropped because its statute of limitations was reached, NOS reports. 

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
May 25 '17 09:50

The police received dozens of new tips about the murder of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen in 1998 after a large-scale DNA investigation was announced on Tuesday. So far a total of 35 people came forward with tips and information, NOS reports.

All information will be carefully investigated, the police said.

Tilburg cop feeds baby at the scene of an accident on the N269, 24 May 2017
May 25 '17 09:15

A Dutch police officer is melting hearts on social media with a photo of him feeding a baby at an accident scene in Tilburg. No one was injured in the accident.

The officer and his colleagues responded to an accident on the N269 near Tilburg on Wednesday - a caravan broke loose and crashed into a tree. Nobody was injured, but the driver faced another problem. She had two hungry babies in the car, and they would be stuck at the scene for a while. 

Ekeby-16 glider in flight
May 25 '17 08:41

A glider crashed in Malden, Gelderland on Thursday morning. No one was injured. The cause of the accident is under investigation, the police said on Twitter.

The little plane came down in a forested area on Groesbeekseweg, according to the police. An instructor and student were in the plane when it crashed. They escaped with no major injuries.

The plane crashed in the immediate vicinity of the glider-field, so other traffic was not in danger, according to ANP. 

The NATO flag
May 25 '17 08:06

NATO is joining the coalition fighting against terrorist organization ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the 28 NATO member states decided on Wednesday. The Netherlands will contribute two planes to the fight against Islamic State this year, Ministers Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced.

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May 24 '17 18:20

An appellate court in the Netherlands ordered Google to enforce an attorney's demand that web pages detailing his criminal conviction be blocked from appearing in search engine results. Tuesday's decision by the court in Den Haag upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court in Rotterdam, with the decision suggesting the European Union's "Right to be Forgotten" puts the man's privacy above the public interest because he is not a public figure, according to Nu.nl

Amsterdam Centraal lit with the Union Jack to show solidarity with victims of the Manchester attack, 23 May 2017
May 24 '17 17:10

Maarten Smit from Zeist and his 14-year-old daughter Jasmin were at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday, where They escaped unharmed. "Everyone was hysterical. You drive each other mad with panic. I tried to stay as calm as possible. Because you don't want to do that to your daughter", he said to RTL Nieuws.

Lady Justice in Antwerp; one of few statues in which the lady is not blindfolded
May 24 '17 16:35

Dutch man Jelle F. was sentenced on appeal to 18 years in prison for t in a Delhaize supermarket in Antwerp two years ago, ANP reports.

The sentence is the same as when F. first stood trial. Unlike the first trial however, the appeal judge did not find F. guilty of attempted murder, but of extortion and torture. According to the court, it is not clear that F. wanted to kill his victim.

Esther Paul, found murdered on the shore of the Veluwemeer near Biddinguizen on 30 Apr 2017
May 24 '17 13:40

A body found was identified as 43-year-old Esther Paul from Almere, the police announced on Opsporing Verzoct on Tuesday. She was connected to the criminal world, related to cannabis in particular, but the police can't yet say whether her criminal past is connected to her murder, the Gelderlander reports.

Koninklijke Marechaussee
May 24 '17 11:20

Three suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of 7 million euros worth of Apple products from an industrial terrain on Schiphol airport in December, the Koninklijke Marechaussee announced on Tuesday.

In December the suspects drove onto a Schiphol business area with a truck. They loaded the truck with 46 pallets of Apple phones and tablets before taking off. The stolen products were worth about 7 million euros.

Shortly after the theft, some of the stolen goods were listed for sale on line. Some were also found in a warehouse in Delft.

Insiya Hemani
May 24 '17 10:45

In 2016 Amber Alerts were issued for a total of 23 missing children in the Netherlands, according to the annual report the organization presented on Wednesday. 22 of these kids were returned unharmed, ANP reports.

In 21 of the Amber Alert cases, the kids were found and returned home within a month. The average age of the kids involved was 11 years. 61 percent of them were girls, the other 39 percent boys.

Dick Schoof
May 24 '17 08:42

The Netherlands terrorism threat level remains high at 4 out of 5 after a believed suicide on Monday, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof said on his website. After speaking with the event sector, it was decided that all security measured will be reevaluated, Schoof said on Twitter.

Amsterdam Centraal lit with the Union Jack to show solidarity with victims of the Manchester attack, 23 May 2017
May 24 '17 07:34

The municipality of Amsterdam projected an image of the British flag, the Union Jack, onto Amsterdam Central Station on Tuesday night to show solidarity with the victims of an

"Out of solidarity with the victims of the attack in Manchester, Amsterdam Central Station is lit with the Union Jack", the municipality said on twitter. 

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May 23 '17 16:20

The police arrested a Limburg bailiff on Monday for telling women that if they have sex with him, he would wipe out their debts. A total of 11 women pressed charges against the man, AD reports.

The Public Prosecutor and police have been. The authorities believe that he's been sexually harassing women in this way since 2001. 

Nicky Verstappen, murdered at age 11 in Brunssum in August 1998
May 23 '17 15:45

The Public Prosecutor is launching a massive DNA kinship investigation in an ultimate effort to find out who murdered 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen from Heibloem in 1998, Prosecutor Roger Bos announced in a press conference in Maastricht on Tuesday. The magistrate gave permission for DNA samples to be taken from 15 thousand men, AD reports.

Nicky Verstappen was found murdered one day after he disappeared from a summer camp on Brunssummerheide in August 1998. His body was found over a kilometer from the camp. The perpetrator was never found.

Ajax makes it through to the Europa League finals, 11 May 2017
May 23 '17 15:10

The between Ajax and Manchester United on the Museumplein on Wednesday, will continue as planned, the Amsterdam municipality announced in the wake of an.

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