Crime

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Dec 14 '19 08:09

Relatives of a missing one-year-old boy say they are very concerned about the child’s welfare after he was allegedly kidnapped by his mother. Rowena van der. V. was recently stripped of all unsupervised visitation rights with her 14-month-old son, the boy’s uncle Thijs Roseboom told Hart van Nederland

Dutch police officer
Dec 13 '19 20:46

Police in the Netherlands issued an Amber Alert for a missing boy from Ede. The boy's mother, Rowena van der V., absconded with the 14-month-old child at about 10 a.m. on Friday.

The two were last seen in Ede, Gelderland, and then in the city of Utrecht police said. They departed "from Ede for an unknown destination," authorities said.

Very few details about either the young boy or his mother were released. The child has blond hair, and was born on Sept. 8, 2018. Both he and Van der V., 26, were wearing the photos seen in the security camera image above.

Dutch police
Dec 13 '19 15:30

Two police officers from the Noord-Holland unit were arrested at the police station in Haarlem on Thursday on suspicion of leaking confidential police information to newspaper NRC. One of the two suspected cops is a female police officer who revealed racist abuses at the Hoefkade police station in The Hague and accused a superior of sexual assault, multiple sources told newspaper AD. 

Arrest
Dec 13 '19 13:55

Police working at the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station arrested a suspect for allegedly making bomb threats. The threats were made by a person inside a train early Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Dutch national railway NS told media outlets.

“No explosive was found,” police said in a statement.

Authorities were dispatched to the station before 12:15 p.m., and police confirmed they were responding to a suspicious situation about 15 minutes later. The arrest was made and the situation was resolved by 12:40 p.m., police said.

Justice scales and the Amsterdam flag
Dec 13 '19 13:00

Robert Oey, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's partner, was given 40 hours of community service on Friday for illegal weapon possession. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the 53-year-old filmmaker had a gas or alarm revolver with a obstruction in the barrel, for which he had no license, NU.nl reports.

Lady Justice
Dec 13 '19 11:48

Bekir E. was sentenced to 14 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for shooting and killing 16-year-old Humeyra at her Rotterdam school in December last year.

Firework bomb thrown under a police van in Duindorp, The Hague, 3 December 2019
Dec 13 '19 09:34

The police released a video of an incident in the Duindorp neighborhood of The Hague on December 3rd. Someone in a group of young people threw a firework bomb under a police van, which was in the area due to unrest after the annual New Year's bonfire was canceled. The police are looking for the perpetrators.

The blast severely damaged the police van. Fortunately, none of the seven police officers inside were injured, though some did report issues with their ears afterwards. 

gele-politiejas
Dec 13 '19 08:07

A total of 134 police officers in the Netherlands were fired or suspended for violating integrity rules last year, an 8 percent increase compared to 2017. The most common reason for disciplinary action taken against a police officer was "violation of standards in private life", followed by leaking, abusing or withholding information, according to figures the police released on Thursday.

Police
Dec 12 '19 19:34

Shots rang out at a sports school in Amstelveen on Thursday afternoon, leaving one person dead in a likely street assassination. The suspects in the case evaded arrest, and their vehicle was later found in flames, police said.

The victim had just put his child into his car when the shooting took place, crime reporter Wouter Laumens said on Twitter. The car was a BMW with bulletproof armor, reported the Parool. After the shooting, the child ran back into the sports center.

750 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 31 Oct 2019
Dec 12 '19 18:00

Authorities working at the port in Vlissingen discovered roughly 1,200 kilograms of cocaine. The drugs were discovered hidden in a banana shipment that was delivered to a company based at the port, police said.

A criminal investigation was launched after the contraband was found on Tuesday afternoon. No arrests were announced in the case. “The drugs have since been removed and destroyed,” police said.

Banana shipments have been a frequent cover for cocaine traffickers in the Netherlands this year.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Dec 12 '19 16:00

From next year, Netherlands residents and businesses who suffered collective damage, for example through a car or another product that's been tampered with, can go together to court to get their damages compensated. A new law by Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection, which allows these class action lawsuits, takes effect on January 1st.

Currently, joint proceedings only allow for a judge to make a ruling, for example on whether a company acted lawfully. No compensation can be claimed. If the ruling is in the victims' favor, they have to arrange the compensation themselves.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Dec 12 '19 15:10

Last year Victim Support helped nearly 172 thousand people in the Netherlands, the largest group of which were people in their twenties. The vast majority of people who sought help were victims of property- and violent crimes, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday. 

Aung San Suu Kyi
Dec 12 '19 14:20

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, will meet with the government leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Friday. She is in The Hague due to a lawsuit that Gambia filed at the International Court of Justice against Myanmar, accusing the country of genocide against the Rohingya people. The Kamer seized this opportunity to speak with Suu Kyi, NOS reports.

Koninklijke Marechaussee
Dec 12 '19 13:30

A 30-year-old man from Albania was arrested at Schiphol on December 8th on suspicion of money laundering after his cash-filled suitcase burst open at the airport, the Koninklijke Marechaussee reported on Wednesday after the man's arraignment.

Sarah Papenheim
Dec 12 '19 12:40

Joel S. was sentenced to six years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for stabbing 21-year-old Sarah Papenheim to death in her Rotterdam student home last year. Her mother was angered by the sentence, which was well below the recommendation offered by the prosecution.

Steenstraat and Beestenmarkt in Leiden
Dec 12 '19 09:15

Mayor Henri Lenferink of Leiden is organizing two discussion evenings for students and other residents to discuss the feeling of insecurity in the city after two recent sexual assaults and a rape. The meetings will take place on December 16 and 19 at student associations, but they "are explicitly open to anyone who needs it", the mayor said on a sign-up form, Omroep West reports.

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Dec 12 '19 08:49

Shots were fired in Diemen and Amsterdam Zuidoost early on Thursday morning. A gas line was hit in Diemen, resulting in surrounding residents being evacuated as a precaution, the police said on Twitter.

Both shootings happened at around 5:30 a.m. As far as is known, no one was hurt.

The shooting in Diemen happened on Rode Kruislaan. When it became clear that a gas line was hit, the situation was escalated to Grip 1, which means that a commanding officer from one of the emergency services takes command of the entire scene.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dec 12 '19 07:37

An explosive went off at a Coolblue store on Europaplein in Utrecht early on Thursday morning. Two perpetrators were seen fleeing the scene on a scooter, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.

The explosion happened at around 2:00 a.m. It seems the perpetrators were trying to blow their way into the store. Photos on social media show at least three windows shattered, though the safety glass kept them in the frame. Whether the perpetrators managed to get inside, is unclear.  

Teenagers using their smartphones on a bench in Amsterdam
Dec 11 '19 14:30

School kids in the Netherlands share quite shocking images on their WhatsApp groups, RTL Nieuws found by gaining access to dozens of these groups. The researchers found child pornography, revenge porn, videos of ISIS decapitations, racist- and anti-Semitic images, and Nazi propaganda commonly shared on these groups. 

The broadcaster gained access to dozens of these groups, containing children between the ages of 12 and 16. The groups often have hundreds of members, sharing thousands of messages every day. 

Cybercrime
Dec 11 '19 12:00

The police are expanding its cybercrime teams with 145 full-time employees. That doubles the capacity of the cybercrime teams, which were established early this year to fight digital crimes like hacking, phishing and ransomware, AD reports.

ABN Amro app
Dec 11 '19 09:05

The punishment for fraud with newer payment methods such as banking apps and Tikkie will increase, according to a legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is working on. Those caught committing fraud with Tikkie or other apps will soon face up to six years in prison, instead of the current between one and four years.

Suspect arrested in a major sexual extortion investigation in Delft, 1 October 2019
Dec 10 '19 17:10

A major investigation into sexual extortion in Delft and surroundings has resulted in a total of 48 arrests, a vast increase over the 28 suspects police were investigating in the case late last month. Some 50 victims came forward to report that this group extorted a total of almost 125 thousand euros from them, the police said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Dutch police
Dec 10 '19 15:30

Three men taken from a train in Venlo on Monday and hospitalized with hypothermia, were arrested in connection with a burglary in Eindhoven, the Oost-Brabant police said on Twitter. 

The three are suspected of breaking into a store on Gemmastraat in the city. Exactly when the burglary happened, the police did not say.

The trio were taken off a train to Venlo on Monday morning. One of them was soaking wet and each showed symptoms of hypothermia.

Utrecht tram mass shooting memorial
Dec 10 '19 14:40

Utrecht is creating a permanent memorial garden on 24 Oktoberplein to commemorate the victims who died there in a mass shooting on March 18th, the city announced on Tuesday.

According to the municipality, residents of the city started expressing their wish for a permanent place of remembrance shortly after the shooting. "To show sympathy and commemorate the victims in an appropriate way." The municipality hopes that this garden will fill that need. 

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