Hague police officer
May 20 '20 18:04

Police are anxiously searching for a man who is believed to have sexually assaulted two teenage girls and may have targeted two others in several Noord-Brabant villages. All four cases involved a balding white man in his late thirties. No arrests have been made.

"We are very concerned and we need to find this man before he strikes again," police from the Oost-Brabant district told the public on Wednesday. The two assaults took place in Casteren and Hulsel, with the other suspicious incidents happening in Netersel and Reusel. Fewer than ten kilometers separates the four villages.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 19 '20 15:30

Residents in Rotterdam found a 39-year-old man stabbed and bleeding heavily on a stoop in front of a home in the Charlois district early Tuesday morning. One person was taken into custody in connection with the incident, but was later released.

Neighbors called police at about 1:45 a.m. when they found the Polish man with serious injuries. “The victim had suffered several stab wounds and was taken to a hospital,” police said.

Belastingdienst Amsterdam
May 19 '20 13:28

On Tuesday the Ministry of Finance filed charges against top officials at the Tax Authority over the so-called childcare allowance affair. The tax officials are suspected of extortion and professional discrimination, State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen of Finance said in a letter to parliament. 

The Public Prosecution Service will investigate the charges. "It is important that the Public Prosecution Service looks at this," Van Huffelen said. "Hopefully, this sweeping step will help to justly close this chapter that is causing pain for so many."

Covid-19: Sign reminding people to stay 1.5 meters apart on Javastraat in Amsterdam Oost, 15 May 2020
May 19 '20 13:00

Discrimination reporting points throughout the Netherlands so far received a total of over 3 thousand reports of discrimination linked to the coronavirus. The vast majority of reports involve Asian people, or people with an Asian appearance, being discriminated against,, the national association for anti-discrimination agencies in the Netherlands, said in a report.

14 Dutch arrested for smuggling 1,400 kilos of cocaine found in a warehouse in Antwerp, April 2020
May 19 '20 09:51

A batch of 4,200 kilograms of cocaine seized by the Belgian police in the port of Antwerp last month, is the reason for multiple buildings being shot at and an explosion in Rotterdam over the past days, newspaper AD reports based on "multiple source within and outside the criminal environment". 

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 18 '20 15:40

Two people found dead in a home on De Hooijmijt in the Noord-Brabant town of Made on Friday were identified as the residents of the home - a teacher at local primary school De Stuifhoek and her partner. According to the police, they were killed in a "family drama". The mayor of Drimmelen, which covers Made, called it "a drama in the relational sphere".

Gavel with lady justice in the background
May 18 '20 14:50

During a proforma hearing in the so-called Marengo trial on Monday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) announced that a number of suspects in the trial will also be prosecuted for the murder of Abderrahim Belhadj in 2016. Exactly which suspects were linked to this murder, the Prosecutor did not say. More will be disclosed at the next hearing in August, reports.

Mobile phone use behind the wheel
May 18 '20 09:30

An increasing number of motorists in the Netherlands are using their mobile phones while driving. They admit to setting the navigation, searching for a song, or even playing games while behind the wheel, according to a study by research agency SWOV on behalf of insurer Interpolis, AD reports.

Nearly 44 percent of motorists said they occasionally set up navigation while driving, compared to 32 percent two years ago. Over 21 percent sometimes search for songs, up from 12 percent. And 8 percent even play games while driving, compared to 3 percent two years ago. 

2,500 kilograms of crystal meth found in Rotterdam, June 2019
May 18 '20 08:51

The National Police are very concerned about the increase in crystal meth labs in the Netherlands. "We have indications that Dutch drug traffickers are working with Mexicans and are purchasing expertise to replace ecstasy labs with laboratories producing crystal meth," Andy Kraag, head of detectives at the National Police, said to the Telegraaf.

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion on Jagthuisstraat in Rotterdam, 18 May 2020
May 18 '20 07:23

There was an explosion at a home on Jagthuisstraat in Rotterdam early on Monday morning, the Rotterdam police said. The building had already been vacated due to an apparent shooting which took place at the location last Thursday. There were no injuries in either incident, and multiple suspects were arrested in Amsterdam over the explosion.

€1.4 million euros worth of cocaine found in two vehicles at an Amsterdam parking garage
May 16 '20 09:00

Two men and a woman were arrested after 54 kilograms of cocaine was found in a vehicle in an Amsterdam parking garage. The cocaine had a street value of over 1.3 million euros, police said.

A 56-year-old woman from Rotterdam, and two Amsterdam men, aged 36 and 39, were taken into custody. The three suspects were remanded into custody for two weeks while the investigation in the case continues, police said.

Medical masks
May 15 '20 11:40

The Tax Authority's investigative department FIOD has its hands full investigating hundreds of reports of fraud relating to the coronavirus crisis. "Malicious people see corona as a revenue model," FIOD team leader Martine Suijkerbuijk said to the Telegraaf. 

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 14 '20 21:00

An independent investigation into four-year-old allegations of racial profiling is set to kick off following the May 2016 arrest of an Amsterdam police officer, the police confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

Hague police officer
May 14 '20 14:50

Last year the police launched 530 disciplinary investigations into possible breach of duty by 499 police officers. 309 of them faced disciplinary action, including 68 for the "improper use of information", such as leaking police information to third parties, or making private use of police info, the police said in a statement.

Rotterdam after the German bombardment of 14 May 1940
May 14 '20 12:10

Today Rotterdam is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the city's bombardment by the Nazis in World War II. Due to restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the commemoration will be held mainly digitally. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb will lay a wreath at the statue 'The destroyed city', and a memorial program from the Laurenskerk will be broadcast.

May 14 '20 11:20

While the roads in the Netherlands are much quieter since the government implemented an intelligent lockdown to fight the coronavirus, the number of fatalities in traffic accidents remained about the same, AD reports based on figures from the police and trafficking engineering office VIA.

Between March 16 and April 26, a total of 62 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands. In the past three years, there were 65 traffic deaths in that period. 

Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman
May 14 '20 09:20

The Koninklijke Marechaussee is investigating reports of a sex crime on board naval frigate Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman. A naval officer was accused of sexually assaulting a sailor. At least two other sailors also came forward to report him, the Telegraaf reports.

The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military, confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation was launched, but would give no further details. The Zr. Ms. Karel Doorman has been providing coronavirus assistance in the Caribbean since the start of April. 

Bunk beds
May 13 '20 17:00

The number of incidents in asylum seekers' centers in the Netherlands more than doubled over the past five years, from over 8 thousand to nearly 17 thousand last year, NRC reported based on documents from the Ministry of Justice and Security.

Reported incidents involve things like name calling, fighting, hunger strikes, and arson. Over the past years, the number of reports of house rule violations and verbal abuse increased particularly sharply, according to the newspaper. 

May 13 '20 12:00

The police are investigating whether a fatal accident in Reuver last month, in which a 12-year-old girl was killed and her mother seriously hurt, was caused by an illegal street race, the police confirmed to L1 after several sources told the news agency that a street race was taking place at the time of the accident.

The accident happened on Rijksweg at around 9:15 p.m. on April 24. The girl was cycling with her mother when both were hit by a car. Mother and child were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The girl succumbed to her injuries in hospital a few days later.

May 13 '20 09:19

Today the Netherlands is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Enschede fireworks disaster. On Saturday afternoon, 13 May 2000, a fire at fireworks company SE Fireworks caused a chain reaction of explosions. 23 people were killed, 947 people were injured, and around 200 homes were destroyed.

1,250 kilos of cocaine destined for the Netherlands seized at the port of Limon in Costa Rica, May 2020
May 13 '20 08:49

The police in Costa Rica intercepted a large amount of cocaine intended for the Netherlands. Over 1,250 kilograms of cocaine were found in the port of Limon, hidden in a shipment of pineapple juice destined for the port of Rotterdam.

The drugs were packaged in 1,250 parcels of 1 kilo each, the local authorities said on Twitter.

Koninklijke Marechaussee
May 13 '20 08:08

Last year the Koninklijke Marechaussee refused 2,800 people entry to the Netherlands at Schiphol airport, an increase of 20 percent compared to 2018. People were turned away because they did not have the right travel documents, or had fake documents, or unbelievable reasons for visiting the Netherlands, for example. The Marechaussee attributes the increase to more effective detection, NOS and De Telegraaf report.

An area cordoned off by police
May 12 '20 21:30

A 44-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Eindhoven were arrested on Monday on suspicion of preparing to murder another, the police confirmed on Tuesday. The pair had reportedly set their sights on a shared acquaintance, a Eindhoven woman, as the intended victim of their murder.

According to police, the evidence that the two were planning to murder the woman appears to be irrefutable. Their relationship to one another was not revealed, but it may have been the motive to the plot, police said.

May 12 '20 20:40

An apartment fire in the early morning hours of Tuesday left two people dead and two others injured in Landgraaf. The two dead bodies had not been identified by Tuesday afternoon, and a police and forensic investigation into the cause of the fire was ongoing.

It started at about 1:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on the Lindestraat, police said in a statement. Ambulances and police officers were dispatched to the scene as firefighters tackled the flames. The first responders evacuated apartments in the three-story building and searched for survivors.