Crime

Rainbow hearts
Apr 2 '20 07:36

More pupils and students in the Netherlands feel discriminated against than five years ago. Especially among young people of the LGBTQ community report more violence, threats, and sexual harassment aimed against them, according to a report 'Experienced discrimination in the Netherlands II' by social planning agency SCP, RTL Nieuws reports.

Cybercrime
Apr 1 '20 15:20

Over the past weeks, the Dutch police took down ten web shops who were selling coronavirus related scams. These online stores offered items ranging from antibacterial bank cards, to a Covid-19 tracker, and included multiple web shops offering medical masks for sale, the police said in a statement. 

Undated photo of Matthew McCombe who went missing in Amsterdam on March 14, 2020
Apr 1 '20 13:47

A pedestrian walking in Duivendrecht Wednesday morning found the body of 21-year-old Matthew McCombe. The Scottish man had been missing since March 14, after he left his hotel early that morning.

Police would not speculate on foul play, saying only that his cause of death was under investigation, police told NL Times. His body was found at about 9:10 a.m. in the water at the Molenkade, part of a wide area where volunteers and rescue workers had focused their efforts in the two weeks after he disappeared.

Arrest
Apr 1 '20 07:21

A man was attacked with a machete in a home on Carnisselaan in Rotterdam on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital with non-critical injuries, the police said on Twitter. Four suspects were arrested.

The attack happened at around 9:00 p.m. The four suspects fled the home towards The Hague, the police said. Searching officers found them on them driving on the A13 highway.

Onur K., 33, missing after his two children, their mother, and grandmother were found dead in Etten Leur
Mar 31 '20 17:02

Police say they have found the 33-year-old man wanted in connection with the deaths of his two children, their mother, and their grandmother. Authorities were searching for Onur K. after the four were found dead in their home in Etten-Leur, Noord-Brabant on Saturday evening.

The announcement was made just before 4 p.m. by police working in the Breda district. Officers would only say that the man was found in Etten-Leur, but no other details were immediately available.

865 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam, hidden in a pineapples from Costa Rica, 30 March 2020
Mar 31 '20 13:20

Customs authorities intercepted over 2 thousand kilograms of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam in multiple discoveries on Friday and Monday, the Public Prosecutor announced. The drugs were found hidden in shipments of fruit or fruit products from Brazil and Costa Rica.

On Friday, 1,170 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a container loaded with mangoes from Brazil. The shipment was destined for a company in Zwaag.

Vincent van Gogh's De Lentetuin
Mar 30 '20 14:50

A Van Gogh masterpiece was stolen during an early morning break-in at the Singer Museum in Laren, museum officials confirmed Monday afternoon. The theft of the painting, called "De Lentetuin," shocked and angered museum management, they said during a press conference.

"I am extremely pissed off that this happened. This is a huge blow," said museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm. "This is extremely difficult, especially in these times."

Hague police officer
Mar 29 '20 15:51

Municipal authorities across the Netherlands reported several incidents where they intervened to enforce a strict personal distance requirement and a ban on groups in public of more than two people. The strict requirements were part of a package of measures introduced by the Dutch government to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Onur K., 33, missing after his two children, their mother, and grandmother were found dead in Etten Leur
Mar 29 '20 15:08

Police issued an alert on Sunday for 33-year-old Onur K., wanted for questioning after four people were found killed in a home including his two young children. The mother of the children and their grandmother were also found dead in the Etten-Leur home on Saturday evening.

Authorities did not immediately identify K. as a suspect. "We are also concerned about his well-being," police said. "For this reason, we are also publishing his photo to find him as soon as possible."

Hague police officer
Mar 29 '20 10:20

The bodies of four people were found inside a house in Etten-Leur, Noord-Brabant on Saturday night, police said. The victims were possibly residents of the home, prompting a criminal investigation.

Firefighters were initially dispatched to the scene shortly after 6:10 p.m. when foul smell was reported in the area. Police descended on the scene a little while later. Once there, the deceased were found in the Dassenburcht home. 

Dam Square remained mostly empty once strict personal distancing measures were in effect. March 28, 2020
Mar 28 '20 16:37

Beaches, streets and public areas across the Netherlands stood largely quiet on Saturday as the public continued to adhere to the new rule that requires 1.5 meters distance to be kept between people. The quietude comes in spite of the fair weather forecasts for the weekend which similarly drew large crowds to gather a week ago even after government and health officials pleaded with them to remain home as much as possible to help quell the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch police car
Mar 28 '20 15:15

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in late February, police have arrested at least ten different people for threatening police, bus drivers and supermarket staff with a coronavirus infection by spitting at them or coughing on them. The incidents are causing more concern among police officers, who have already modified their approach to criminal and domestic intervention because of the ongoing health crisis.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Mar 27 '20 11:45

A branch of pharmaceutical firm Roche on Transistorstraat in Almere was vandalized overnight. The phrase "How many deaths?" was spray painted on its wall, and a sign with the text "Fuck Roche profit" was left at the building, Omroep Flevoland reports.

Belastingdienst tax blue envelope
Mar 27 '20 09:34

For years the Tax Authority had hard targets for amounts that had to be recovered from paid allowances. If they did not reach these targets, they had to scrutinize more potential fraudsters to achieve the 'minimum yield', Trouw and RTL Nieuws report based on their own research.

Child with teddy bear
Mar 27 '20 08:53

The sudden change to structure and stress brought on by coronavirus Covid-19 and the measures taken to curb its spread may be leading to more domestic violence in the Netherlands. Both the National Psychotrauma Center at UMC Utrecht and children's hotline Kindertelefoon noticed a sharp increase in calls. 

Dutch police car
Mar 26 '20 18:30

The driver of a car pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence said he had not been drinking much, but had eaten a large quantity of chocolate-covered cherry bonbons. It happened Wednesday night on Rijksweg-West in Arnhem, when police saw the vehicle "swerving and driving slowly."

He was given a breathalyzer test, which measured a quantity of 275 micrograms of alcohol per liter, about 25 percent over the legal limit.

Bunk beds
Mar 26 '20 11:30

A massive 97 percent of Vietnamese children taken in by the protected asylum shelter in the Netherlands have disappeared, according to the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children. "The suspicion that a large proportion of these children fall into the hands of human traffickers or people smugglers have been confirmed." The Netherlands must do something, Rapporteur Herman Bolhaar said, NU.nl reports.

Covid-19: Sign in Amsterdam's Oosterpark instructing people to stay 1.5 meters apart
Mar 25 '20 13:34

The police in Westervoort and Duiven, Gelderland, have fined five people for not adhering to rules in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. The culprits involved formed groups of three or more people and did not stay the required 1.5 meters away from each other.

Medical masks
Mar 25 '20 11:30

Medical masks seem to be a new hot commodity in the criminal world. Recently the police arrested two people in Dordrecht for trying to scam hospitals into buying non-existent masks for high amounts. And masks were stolen from a care institution in Putten.

Last week, the police received reports from multiple Dutch hospitals saying they were being offered a large batch of medical masks, for which they had to pay millions of euros. The police immediately suspected a scam and started an investigation.

Handcuffs and gavel
Mar 24 '20 16:00

Two Dutch men are charged in Germany with blowing up two ATMs and stealing at least 220 thousand euros. They could face up to 15 years in prison, AD reports.

A 31-year-old suspect is being prosecuted for serious theft and causing a gang-related explosion. According to the German Public Prosecutor, he was a member of a gang involved in blowing up ATMs in Twist and Bad Iburg on 10 February 2016 and 11 May 2017 respectively. A total of around 220 thousand euros were stolen in these ATM bombings.

MH17, Dutch Safety Board, in 2015
Mar 23 '20 16:20

The next hearings in the trial against the first four suspects in the downing of flight MH17 was postponed until June, to give the lawyers of suspect Oleg Pulatov the chance to study the extensive case file, which consists of at least 36 thousand pages. When the trial resumes, the court will decide on the multiple requests the Public Prosecution Service (OM) made in this case, the Telegraaf reports.

Dutch police car
Mar 23 '20 13:00

A drug manufacturer from Zeewolde was placed under 24-hour police security on Saturday. Jan Willem Popma's company Ace makes chloroquine, an old malaria medicine that had a positive effect on a number of Covid-19 patients. Now Popma is getting increasing visits from "vague types", not only at work but also at his home, he said to EenVandaag.

Police
Mar 23 '20 07:18

A man was shot on Dadeltuin in Rotterdam on Sunday evening. He was rushed to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, the police said on Twitter. Three men were arrested a short time later in connection with the shooting.

The shooting happened just after 6:00 p.m. Bystanders found the victim, a 19-year-old from the city, next to a car in a parking lot, NOS reports.

Witnesses reported a dark colored vehicle leaving the scene of the crime.

The three suspects were arrested a few streets away a short time after the shooting. They were in a car. 

Lady Justice
Mar 21 '20 10:06

A man accused of sharing nude footage of the Dutch women's handball team without their permission was convicted by the court in Leeuwarden on Friday. He was sentenced to a one month suspended jail sentence and 80 hours of community service, with two years of probation. He will serve the month behind bars if he violates the terms of his probation, the court said.

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