Crime

Hand grenade found on a mailbox on Eerste Coehoornstraat in Amsterdam, 19 April 2019
Sep 19 '19 18:40

A 21-year-old man was arrested in his jail cell on September 10, accused of placing a hand grenade on a mailbox in Amsterdam. The grenade forced an evacuation in the Czaar Peterbuurt in Amsterdam Centrum near the border with the city’s Eastern district.

The explosive was discovered on April 19 at the letterbox belonging to a board member of an Amsterdam Oost mosque, police said. “The police are still investigating the motive,” authorities wrote in a statement.

Cash and Rolex watches found in a Zwijndrecht home, 13 September 2019
Sep 19 '19 17:00

Police investigating a home invasion were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and several expensive watches, seemingly overlooked by a group of burglars who were in the home moments earlier.

Three burglars invaded a home in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland last week, and locked up a resident in the basement while they searched the home. The resident managed to escape and call the police after the robbers fled the home.

Mark Rutte
Sep 19 '19 16:20

The fight against organized crime is complicated, but can be won, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on the second day of the parliamentary debate on the national budget. Ferdinand Grapperhaus agreed with Rutte’s standpoint. The Security and Justice Minister from the PM’s conservative VVD party backed a call from several politicians to form a specialized unit focused solely on tackling drug crime.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Sep 19 '19 13:50

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is looking for more money to push into the fight against organized crime, he said on Thursday morning, one day after defense attorney Derk Wiersum was assassinated outside of his Amsterdam Home. "If we really want to achieve success over organized crime, we have to take an extra step", Grapperhaus said, Het Parool reports. "More than we have done so far, also if it means extra resources."

Dutch motorboat technician Erik Hoorn and two others were killed in a speedboat accident in Venice, 17 Sept 2019
Sep 19 '19 10:30

A Dutch man was one of three people killed in a speedboat accident in Venice. The speedboat crashed into a dam. Three of the four people on board were killed. The fourth was taken to hospital. The Dutch victim is 54-year-old motorboat technician Erik Hoorn, his brother confirmed to NOS.

The accident happened at around 9:05 p.m. on Tuesday, local time, according to the local fire department Vigili del Fuoco. 

Kelvin Maynard
Sep 19 '19 09:39

A man who was shot and killed in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday night was identified as 32-year-old former football player Kelvin Maynard, the police confirmed on Thursday morning. 

A Ministry of Defense explosive removal expert with explosive robot Telemax
Sep 19 '19 08:29

Around 200 landmines from the Second World War were found in a field in 's-Gravendeel in Zuid-Holland on Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense's explosives disposal department will remove the landmines and safely detonate them elsewhere on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

The owner of the field found the explosives while he was working on the land on Wednesday morning, a police spokesperson said to the newspaper. According to the Defense explosive experts, they do not pose a danger to the environment. Still, the site will be guarded until the mines have been removed.

Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 19 '19 08:00

The Public Prosecution Service will keep using key witnesses, even after the murder of criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. "We must continue to use the means of key witnesses, otherwise we will get no further in criminal cases. Continue in a motivated way", prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said to Nieuwsuur. He wants more options in the use of such suspects-turned-informants.

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Sep 19 '19 07:25

An explosive was found on De Markt in Veenendaal early on Thursday morning. The police closed down the area for investigation, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The suspicious item was spotted at around 4:00 a.m. Explosive experts were called in to examine it and determined that it was indeed an explosive.

The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department is currently working on safely removing the explosive from site.

The police are investigating. 

Netherlands police uniform
Sep 18 '19 22:13

Shots rang out on the Langbroekdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday night, striking one person. The victim later died of their injuries, police said.

Authorities confirmed that a vehicle was shot at by two suspects who were sitting on a scooter at the time. They then fled the scene on the two-wheeler. After the gunshots, the car crashed into the front of a nearby firehouse.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 18 '19 18:31

Authorities investigating the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam have joined forces with Dutch counter-terrorism agency NCTV in the hunt for the perpetrator. Police are still searching for the suspect they believe to be responsible for the crime.

A police car in Antwerp, Belgium
Sep 18 '19 16:40

Ten Dutch people on trial in Belgium for using explosions during the robberies of a half-dozen ATMs were convicted and sentenced to up to 13 years in prison on Wednesday. All six cash machine assaults took place around the northern Flemish-speaking area of the country last year, netting the perpetrators some 808 thousand euros, according to VRT.

Justice scales and the Amsterdam flag
Sep 18 '19 13:50

The entire Amsterdam city council wants an emergency debate with Mayor Femke Halsema on undermining crime after the murder of criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum in the city on Wednesday morning. Wiersum represented key witness Nabil B., who linked fugitive Ridouan Taghi to a number of gangland assassinations.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Sep 18 '19 12:50

Criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum was standing next to his wife when he was gunned down near their home on Imstenrade in Amsterdam Zuid on Wednesday morning. The woman was not physically injured in the attack that killed her husband. "There are no further victims", a police spokesperson said to Het Parool. Wiersum is survived by his wife and two school-aged children.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Sep 18 '19 10:37

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, MPs and lawyers are shocked by the murder of criminal law attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, calling it an attack on the rule of law. "Very disturbing reports", Rutte said to reporters in response to the lawyer's death. Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus is currently being informed about what the authorities know so far. "As soon as any announcements can be made, that will happen", the Prime Minister said. 

Dutch police officer
Sep 18 '19 09:23

A man was shot and killed in Buitenveldert in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning. Het Parool and De Telegraaf identify the victim as Derk Wiersum, the lawyer that represented key witness Nabil B. A police officer confirmed this in an interview with AT5, adding that the 44-year-old lawyer lived on Imstenrade where the shooting happened. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Sep 18 '19 09:05

The police launched an investigation in and around a home in Wormerveer in connection with an incident in which a "very young child sustained serious injuries". The child was admitted to hospital in critical condition over the weekend. Exactly what happened, is not clear.

The police believe the incident happened in a home on Kerkstraat. A mobile police post was set up at the home on Wednesday. Black screens shielded the scene from the public, according to a photos taken at the scene.

Police guard in a detention center
Sep 18 '19 07:55

The Amsterdam police arrested 303 supporters of French football club Lille OSC at the Strandvliet subway station in Amsterdam on Tuesday for disrupting public order. The large group of football fans lit fireworks, used violence and walked on the subway tracks. By Tuesday night, eight of them were still in custody, the police said on Twitter.

ambulancebroeders-en-agent-bij-incident
Sep 17 '19 17:28

Two teenagers were killed in a two-car accident Monday night that left a third person seriously injured. The crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on the Mondenweg in Valthermond, Drenthe.

The 18-year-old driver of one vehicle was killed along with his 17-year-old passenger. The young men were from Tweede Exloërmond and Musselkanaal, in Drenthe.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 36-year-old from Ter Apel, was taken to the hospital.

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Sep 17 '19 16:40

Coalition party ChristenUnie and opposition party PvdA want the government to invest at least 10 million euros per year extra into the fight against human trafficking and forced prostitution. This money must go to the police, so that more specialized investigators can be recruited and trained, the parties' leaders said to RTL Nieuws.

Netherlands police uniform
Sep 17 '19 15:00

Two people were stabbed, one fatally, when a family argument at a funeral service in Den Haag spiraled out of control Tuesday morning. Police say a 44-year-old resident of the city died, a 36-year-old man was wounded, and the suspect is at large following the 10:10 a.m. incident on Paardenbergstraat.

The man killed was the cousin of the person being laid to rest, Tahsin Çetinkaya told newswire ANP. "He actually had nothing to do with it," Çetinkaya said. "He saw the fight and wanted to calm things down."

Woman wearing a Niqab
Sep 17 '19 12:50

A train was stopped at Rotterdam Central Station on Monday because of a woman wearing a niqab. According to the police, NS inspectors asked for police aid because the woman refused to show her face to the inspectors so that they could check whether she had a valid ticket. The woman was not fined, NOS reports.

Sep 17 '19 07:50

The partner of Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema was formally questioned in connection with the ownership of a deactivated German revolver, according to newspapers Telegraaf and AD. Robert Oey was considered a crime suspect for the purpose of the interview, a spokesperson told the Telegraaf.

A spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Haarlem said the official interview was planned after Oey said the gun which led to the arrest of his and Halsema’s son was actually his.

Govert Sweep and Ties Granzier
Sep 17 '19 07:33

Dutch YouTubers Ties Granzier and Govert Sweep were sentenced to three days in jail and each fined 2,280 dollars for trespassing at American military base Area 51. They also have to stay away from Area 51 for a year, or they face one year in prison. Both pled guilty in the trial against them, a spokesperson for the local court of Beatty confirmed to NU.nl.

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