The Amsterdam police caught a 32-year-old man extorting and threatening at least five homosexual men he met through the 'Bullchat' website. Investigators believe he may have victimized more men and call on victims to come forward, AD reports.
Threatened journalists should be offered more protection by the police, judiciary and their employers, according to a study done on behalf of journalists union NVJ. This relatively unprotected group performs an important social task and deserves the same protection as other people working for the public interest, like police officers and firefighters, the researchers conclude, Trouw reports.
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.
A 39-year-old Dutch-Moroccan was sentenced to five years in prison by a criminal court in Ireland for threatening to kill his housemates, calling ISIS attacks in France "excellent" and saying they filled him with "great joy", and telling the police that he would cut the heads off Jews if he only had a sword, local newspaper Independent reports.
The police are struggling with witnesses that are too scared to give a statement in the investigation into the Haarlem chapter of the Hells Angels, prosecutor Jesse van der Putte said during a pro-forma hearing in the case against Hells Angels leader Lysander de R. on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.
A 14-year-old girl was threatened, stabbed, assaulted and humiliated near Utrecht Central Station in January. Two other girls, aged 15 and 17 years from Deleen and Utrecht, appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday as the suspected perpetrators of this abuse, AD reports.
Three out of five journalists in the Netherlands were threatened or intimidated at least once during the course of his or her work, according to a study by the Dutch association of journalists NVJ. A fifth of Dutch journalists say they are threatened on a monthly basis, NOS and NRC reports.
The study report, written by former Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer, will be officially presented on Wednesday, according to the two news agencies.
Samuel T., suspected of raping a 17-year-old-girl in Kampen last year, confessed to the rape, but denies trying to kill her. "I have no words to explain how I feel. I have completely ruined her future", the 33-year-old suspect said in court on Thursday, De Stentor reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded varying lengths of community service against five men accused of threatening politician Sylvana Simons.
Train traffic around Schiphol was halted for a short time on Thursday night while the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested a woman who "uttered threats to train staff", RTL Nieuws reports. Train traffic took hours to get back on track.
According to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport and border security, the woman threatened the train staff. There are also reports that she had a knife. What exactly happened is unclear.
The Rotterdam police arrested 18 people during and after a match between Feyenoord and Ajax on Sunday. They were arrested on suspicion of crimes including insult, threats, vandalism and throwing fireworks, a spokesperson for the police told RTL Nieuws. Ajax won the match in the Amsterdam ArenA 2-1.
Feyenoord supporters followed the match on big screens on and around the square in Rotterdam. The police and riot police intervened several times after officers, journalists and camera crews were pelted with beer, stones, fireworks and other objects.
Anne Fleur Dekker (22), an activist and member of the GroenLinks faction in Hilversum, went into hiding because she is being threatened by supporters of PVV leader Geert Wilders and FvD leader Thierry Baudet, she said to Joop.nl. The threats started after she published a column in which she called Baudet a Wilders in sheep's clothing, and got worse after Wilders shared an article that claims Dekker called for people to throw stones at Wilders, NOS reports.
Dutch-Turkish CDA councilor in Rotterdam Turan Yazir is taking a leave of absence from his faction due to threats.
The police arrested five people last month on suspicion that they extorted, threatened, blackmailed and assaulted at least 15 gay men which they found through various dating apps and sites focused on homosexual men, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the police, the suspects forced their victims to pay them large amounts of money or they would make their sexual exploits public. Two men were also assaulted.
An animal shelter in Zaandam canceled a work visit from PVV leader Geert Wilders on Thursday out of fear for the safety of their employees, a spokesperson for the PVV said. According to him, it has to do with an announced demonstration by anti-fascists, NOS reports.
The former leader of motorcycle gang No Surrender, Klaas Otto, was arrested from his bed in Bergen op Zoom on Friday morning, his lawyer Louis de Leon confirmed to Omroep Brabant. This arrest comes only four days after he was released from custody on Monday. His righthand man Janus de V. was also arrested, according to the broadcaster.
Two alleged members of an Irish organized crime outfit are in custody in Amsterdam after a failed attempt to assassinate a target in a bar there, according to Irish news site Independent.ie.
On Thursday night the police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Baljuwslaan and arrested a total of 10 people. The suspects include nine men and one woman. According to the police, the 9 men make up the entire Haarlem chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang, ANP reports.
The men are aged between 35 and 64 years and come from Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar and IJmuiden. They are all suspected of participation in a criminal organization. Some are also suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson.
Tensions are heating up among taxi drivers in Almere to a point where some drivers are calling it a taxi war, Omroep Flevoland reports. Taxi drivers are not supposed to interfere in the customer's choice of taxi, but the do so in Almere - threatening and intimidating each other to win a customer, according to the broadcaster.
A 9-year-old child threatened store personnel in Eindhoven with a knife after he was caught shoplifting. The store employees stopped the boy before he could leave the Action store and tried to take him to the office. He pulled a knife and started waving it about, ANP reports.
The employees managed to take the knife from the boy. The 9-year-old grabbed a pen and again tried to stab the employees. When the employees took the pen from him, he started screaming.
Child protection caregivers increasingly face aggression and intimidation from parents of families they work with. In some cases the attacks get so severe that the caregivers find that they can no longer do their jobs, NOS reports.
A total of 21 thousand children in the Netherlands are under the supervision of child protection agencies. Two thirds of these kids were taken from their homes and laced in care. Child protection workers are regularly harassed by parents who are angry about their involvement in their lives.
The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting at least 10 people for discriminating against, threatening or insulting politician Sylvana Simons, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl. Some are also being prosecuted for sedition.
A 65-year-old man was found guilty of threatening DENK parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu on Facebook 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.