Crime

Sarah Papenheim
Jun 18 '19 13:30

The Rotterdam hotline for disturbed persons and its social workers may have made mistakes in assessing the mental state of Joel S., who is suspected of stabbing his 21-year-old American housemate Sarah Papenheim to death in their student flat in December last year, NOS reports based on documents its journalists managed to get a look at.

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Jun 18 '19 10:10

Three people were injured in a stabbing incident in an asylum center in Hardewijk on Monday night. All three victims are residents of the asylum center, according to the police.

Two of the victims sustained serious injuries, the third only minor ones, NOS reports. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

The police are investigating exactly what happened. As far as is known, no arrests were made. 

Ambulance
Jun 18 '19 09:18

A man shot and killed on Papaverweg in Amsterdam Noord on Monday night, was identified as gym owner Saban Berk. In 2014 the gym owner told Dutch media that he was often mistaken for, still at large, sex trafficker Saban B. He does not only have the same first name as the convicted human trafficker, but also a similar appearance, NU.nl reports.

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Jun 18 '19 08:54

A Forensic Investigation van was broken into during a police reconstruction of a mass shooting on a tram in Utrecht in March, the Midden-Nederland police confirmed. The thieves got away with a police jacket and police bag, AD reports.

The reconstruction of the mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in March happened on Sunday. The area around the square was cordoned off during the reconstruction. How the thieves managed to sneak past all the present authorities, is not clear.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jun 18 '19 07:33

A shooting in Amsterdam Noord on Monday night left one person dead. The perpetrator fled, presumably in a silver BMW that was later found in Zaandam. So far no arrests were made.

The shooting happened at around 9:20 p.m. on Papaverweg, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. The victim was found critically injured on the street. Responding emergency services tried to save their life, but it was to no avail. The victim died at the scene.

Halil Erol
Jun 17 '19 16:40

The police arrested a 40-year-old woman from Haarlem on Monday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Halil Erol in 2010. Last week the police arrested a 42-year-old man from Meppel in this case. Both suspects were previously in custody for involvement in Erol's murder, but released due to a lack of evidence.

Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Jun 17 '19 15:50

Humeyra, a 16-year-old girl who was shot and killed at her school in Rotterdam in December, reported her ex-boyfriend to the police on four separate occasions, filing charges of assault, stalking and threats against him. For eight months she lived in fear of Bekir E., her ex-boyfriend who is now suspected of killing her, RTL Nieuws reports based on the police reports the girl filed. 

18 stowaways found in a truck full of tires at Hoek van Holland, 16 June 2019
Jun 17 '19 12:30

The police and Koninklijke Marechaussee found 18 stowaways hidden in a "tiny, extremely hot space" between a load of tires in a small truck at Hoek van Holland on Sunday. Among the stowaways were five children between the ages of 5 and 14 and a pregnant woman. "Despite the miserable conditions in which they found themselves, all stowaways were in good health", the police said in a statement.

Containers in the port of Rotterdam
Jun 17 '19 11:40

Customs officers seized over 800 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam early in June, the Public Prosecutor announced on Sunday. A massive 720 kilos of the drug were discovered in a banana shipment on June 6th, and two smaller shipments totaling in 86 kilograms were discovered on June 4th.

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Jun 17 '19 10:50

An explosive was found at a company in the Westgat business park in Urk on Monday morning. The device was in a plastic bag hanging on the door of company PetsFish, an eye witness said to De Stentor.

Jun 17 '19 10:00

The police invested hundreds of thousands of euros into a new 112 emergency app that, due to delays in launching it, has since become redundant. The main goal of the app, which was to be launched in the spring of 2017, was to send callers' locations directly to the emergency services without the caller having to give the address. That is now being done with other technology - Advanced Mobile Location, RTL Nieuws reports based on documents in its possession.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Jun 17 '19 09:10

A victim of violence and sexual abuse in youth care is suing the Dutch state for acting unlawfully in her request for recognition and compensation. The now 68-year-old Jeannette de Geus is also suing Youth Protection for negligence, NOS reports.

US Navy ships on the Gulf of Oman
Jun 17 '19 08:30

The umbrella organization for Dutch shipping companies KVNR will be meeting with the Ministry of Defense on Monday to discuss increased tensions on the Persian Gulf. Recent attacks on oil tankers in the region prompted fears that more commercial ships may be targeted.

Spanish police
Jun 17 '19 07:32

The Spanish police busted a large network of drug smugglers. A total of 17 people were arrested, including a 61-year-old Dutch-Turkish man described as the "heroin king". Sadullah U. is suspected of being the network's biggest supplier, ANP reports.

U. is considered one of the largest heroin traders in Europe. He had 7 kilograms of the drug hidden in his car when he was arrested in the Spanish city of Pontevedra. The Dutch man reportedly doesn't have a cell phone and basically lives in his car, with which he travels great distances every day. 

Schiphol Airport Amsterdam memorial MH17
Jun 15 '19 12:13

Prosecutors in the Netherlands are expected to announce its first criminal case in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sources close to the investigation reportedly told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. The Boeing passenger jet was shot down by a Russian buk missile while flying over eastern Ukraine, officials have said.

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Jun 15 '19 11:41

A 46-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested after allegedly leading police on a chase across the A1, A27, A12, and A2 highways. The man was suspected of a burglary in Amersfoort, when he ignored officers' orders to stop.

It started at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, when police were called to the Hanzeboulevard to investigate a burglary of a business location. A witness at the scene gave police a description of the car, police said in a statement.

3,800 kilos of cocaine intercepted at the port of Antwerp, Sept 2017
Jun 15 '19 11:29

Customs investigators in Antwerp seized a massive amount of cocaine hidden in a rice shipment at the port there. Over three thousand kilos of cocaine was found, with an estimated street value of 150 million euros.

The drug packages, valued at 150 million euros, were found during a routine search. The shipment was likely destined for the Den Haag region, according to Dutch police. No arrests were made in the case.

Andre Rieu
Jun 14 '19 16:00

Andre Rieu came to the rescue of a Haarlem brass band for people with mental disabilities. The band lost all their instruments in a theft this week. The world-famous Dutch violinist decided step in and replace all the stolen instruments, RTL Nieuws reports.

The brass band kept their instruments in a trailer. When they arrived at the trailer on Thursday morning, they found that someone had broken in and stolen all their instruments. Together the instruments were valued at around 20 thousand euros. 

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Jun 14 '19 15:10

Several people were arrested last week after death threats were made against a police officer involved in a drug investigation. A criminal group promised “tens of thousands of euros for information about the officer,” according to a police report.

The alleged criminal group threatened to kill the officer in messages published online.

“The Police and the Public Prosecutor’s office take the threat very seriously. Security measures to protect the officer were undertaken,” police said.

Police
Jun 14 '19 14:20

Two more police staffers in Amsterdam were suspended for breach of duty, police announced in a statement on Thursday. Four police workers in Amsterdam have faced suspensions for poor conduct since May 28 alone.

Few details were released about the third and fourth staff members facing disciplinary action. They were said to have committed a “breach of duty,” according to an official statement.

Halil Erol
Jun 14 '19 13:30

The police arrested a 42-year-old man from Meppel on Friday morning. He is suspected of involvement in the murder of then 34-year-old Halil Erol from Steenwijk in 2010. This is the second time this suspect is arrested in connection with Erol's murder, the police said in a statement.

On Thursday the police did a new forensic investigation in the Meppel home where the suspect lived in 2010. He was arrested based on this investigation, the police said. 

Sunset over the Gulf of Oman
Jun 14 '19 11:50

A Dutch ship rescued the crew of one of two burning oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Dutch shipping company Acta Marine from Den Helder confirmed to NOS after reports in the Telegraaf. There were explosions on two oil tankers in the Gulf region on Thursday. The cause of the explosions has not yet been officially confirmed, but the general belief is that they were attacks. 

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Jun 14 '19 10:43

There are "new developments" in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said on Friday in an email sent to the relatives of the people who were killed in the disaster, RTL Nieuws reports.

Exactly what these new developments are, is not yet clear. The JIT will first inform the relatives on Wednesday. After that an international press conference will be held at 1:00 p.m. 

Customs car at the port of Rotterdam
Jun 14 '19 08:49

The import of illegal ketamine to the Netherlands is skyrocketing. Last year Customs officers seized 800 kilograms of ketamine, compared to only 2.6 kilograms in 2016, NOS reports based on requested figures.

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