Many thousands of people flocked to Bunschoten on Thursday evening to take part in a silent march for murdered 14-year-old Savannah Dekker. Savannah's family members did not join the march, because they did not feel emotionally up to it, Bunschoten Mayor Melis vn de Groep said. "Our togetherness is for the family a great hung from our loving community. Savannah always greeted everyone with a hug", he said before the march began, NU.nl reports.
The Amsterdam police foiled an assassination plot last week by arresting two suspects in Almere on their way to commit murder, the police said in a statement. The suspects were arrested in a car with stolen registration plates on the Hogering in Almere at around 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st.
The police shot a knife waving man in the leg on Vredensestraat in Winterswijk on Wednesday afternoon. He sustained minor injuries and was treated in hospital before being arrested. Witnesses report hearing 10 shots fired, the Gelderlander reports.
The man has been in contact with the police in the past. Several police officers responded to a report of him threatening to stab someone in a pharmacy on the street at around 1:00 p.m. "Officers tried to disable the man with pepper spray, but due to the extreme wind, it had no affect", the police said in a statement.
The maimed body of a 21-year-old man was found in Wageningen on Wednesday afternoon. He was killed in a crime, the police confirmed. One suspect, also a 21-year-old man, was arrested.
The Hague politician Abdoe Khoulani is under fire from Jewish interest organization CJO and from other politicians for statements he made. He called a group of Israeli students "future child killers and Zionist terrorists in the making" on social media and called a female colleague a "blonde bitch", AD reports.
Young people in the Netherlands use more drugs than their counterparts in other European cities, according to an annual report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In the age group 15 to 34 years, Dutch were on the top of the list when it comes to ecstasy use in 2015, NOS reports.
A massive 6.6 percent of Dutch in that age group use ecstasy. Ireland comes in a far second place with 4.4 percent. The European average is 1.8 percent.
The police are looking for witnesses in the investigation into 14-year-old Savannah Dekker's death in Bunschoten. The girl was found killed in a ditch on an industrial terrain in Bunschoten on Thursday. Investigators specifically want to talk to anyone who saw Savannah on her bicycle after she disappeared from home on Thursday, June 1st, the police said on Opsoring Verzocht on Tuesday. The bicycle was found the same day in nearby Hoogland.
A stormy afternoon is ahead for the Netherlands today. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning of thunderstorms and strong winds starting along the southwestern coast around noon.
Not all of the Netherlands will contend with both storms and winds, some provinces can look forward to only thunderstorms and others to only wind. Either way, the weather is expected to be unpleasant.
Savannah Dekker knew the 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with her death through social media, Bunschoten mayor Melis van de Groep said on Radio 1 Journaal. The police confirmed that both Savannah and Romy Nieuwburg were killed in crimes, though so far the cases seem to be unrelated, according to the news program.
The police arrested two teenage boys during the early hours of Monday morning in connection with the deaths of 14-year-old girls Savannah Dekker and Romy Nieuwburg, the police said in a statement. At this stage te police believe the girls' deaths are unrelated and investigators are treating them as separate cases.
Fourteen year old Romy Nieuwburg from Hoevelaken, who was found dead in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht on Friday, was a lovely girl, according to friends. They describe her as "the perfect daughter and friend". Her school, J.H. Donner school in nearby De Glind, is also "devastated" by her loss, according to director Jan Hofman.
Two young girls in Bunschoten and Soest reported being chased by cars over the past days in the area where two 14-year-old girls were found dead in Bunschoten and Achterveld over the weekend. In both cases it happened while the girls were cycling in their home towns. The police are calling on local residents to keep an eye out for a black car in the area of Spakenburg and Soest, AD reports.Bunschoten, Soest, Spakenburg and Achterveld are all located no more than 20 kilometers from each other.
The body of missing 14-year-old Savannah Dekker was found on industrial terrain De Kronkels in her hometown of Bunschoten on Sunday.
A body found dead in a watery ditch in Achterveld, Utrecht was identified as that of a 14-year-old girl from neighboring Hoevelaken, police said on Saturday. An initial investigation determined that a crime led to the girl's death, police said without elaborating further.
A witness noticed the body at about 5 p.m. on Friday while on the Emelaarsepad. Police are asking anyone who was in the area in the hours leading up to the discovery to contact them as they try to piece together what happened that day.
At the request of Austria, the Public Prosecutor in The Hague is launching an investigation into statements made by PVV leader Geert Wilders in Vienna in 2015, AD reports. During a speech Wilders called Islam "an ideology of war and hatred" and said that "Islam calls people to be terrorists".
In his speech Wilders also compared the Quran to Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf and called for it to be banned.
The United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, president Donald Trump announced in a statement at the White House on Thursday afternoon, local time. The Netherlands deplores this decision, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in response. Our country and the rest of the world remains committed to battling climate change, he stressed. Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders called Trump's decision a "cardinal error", Environment State Secretary Sharon Dijksma called it a "historic mistake".
Eleven students and five teachers from the Strabrecht College in Geldorp were hospitalized after their school bus crashed into the back of a truck on the A16 between Duinkerken and Calais in France this morning, the school said in a statement on its website. The bus driver was critically injured and is in hospital in Lille.
A 23-year-old Dutch man calling himself Baran Sason joined the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria to fight against terrorist organization ISIS. He plans to take part in the battle to reclaim Raqqa, the ISIS declared caliphate, he said in interviews with Kurdish news sites. "I fight to recapture this country", he said.
Police across the Netherlands are still struggling with their vehicles' navigation system, according to a letter from Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg which AD has in its possession. Many police cars can't be used because the navigation system often fails and contact with the control room is impossible through it. Police teams are squabbling over the cars and motorcycles that still work, according to the newspaper.
A Dutch school bus crashed into a truck on the A16 highway in Bourbourg, France on Thursday morning. The bus driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition by helicopter. Sixteen kids and two adults were also injured. Two of them were taken to hospital, the others sustained minor injuries, according to NU.nl
The accident happened around 4:45 a.m. There were around 50 kids and six adults from the Strabrecht College in Geldorp on the bus. They were on their way to London for a school trip and left Geldorp around 1:00 a.m.