Crime

Sexual violence
Oct 31 '19 16:10

A 24/7 helpline should be created for victims of sexual violence, and media should refer to this helpline when they write about this type of crime, according to Iva Bicanic, head of the Center for Sexual Violence. Reports on sex crimes can be very triggering for victims who lived through similar crimes, she said to the Volkskrant.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Oct 31 '19 15:20

Sven Romkes from Assen managed to just get a spot with his wheelchair in a packed train from Almere station to the north on Tuesday evening. But two young men decided they'd rather have his spot. They picked him up, wheelchair and all, and carried him off the train. Romkes was left on the platform, watching the intercity train to Leeuwarden leave without him, De Stentor reports.

Flowers at Derk Wiersum's office
Oct 31 '19 14:30

Nearly 60 percent of lawyers in the Netherlands feel more unsafe since the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam in September, trade journal Advocatenblad reports based on its own research among the professional group. 55 percent of respondents said that they sometimes feel unsafe, 4 percent said that they regularly worry about their safety.

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Oct 31 '19 13:45

A motorist was shot at after a road rage incident in Amsterdam during the early hours of Thursday morning. No one was injured in the shooting. The police arrested two suspects.

At around 2:50 a.m. a 28-year-old driver of a blue Volkswagen Golf called the police saying that he was being chased by two men on a scooter. He had a traffic dispute with the scooter riders between Surinameplein and Overtoom. He saw a gun, the motorist said.

While he was on the phone with the police, the men on the scooter shot at the car. This happened on Houtmankade. The motorist was not hit.

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
Oct 31 '19 12:05

The Arnhem-Leeuwarden court of appeal on Thursday convicted 15 pro-Zwarte Piet protesters for their role in blocking the A7 highway to prevent two buses of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters from reaching the national Sinterklaas arrival in Dokkum in November 2017. The court did, however, lower their sentences to 90 hours of community service.

Child in a supermarket
Oct 31 '19 11:10

A couple in Haarlem got the fright of their life on Monday when their 4-year-old grandson was nearly abducted while they were shopping at a Vomar supermarket. A strange man picked up the boy at the play corner of the store and tried to walk off with him. His grandfather was luckily nearby and managed to stop it, the boy's grandmother wrote on Facebook.

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
Oct 31 '19 07:30

The Dordrecht police arrested five men on the N3 highway early on Thursday morning. They are suspected of using explosives to break into an ATM on Van Eersterenplein in the city a short time before their arrest, AD reports.

The ATM at the Hema store in De Bieshof shopping center was blown open at around 3:15 a.m.. A witness saw five people flee the scene.

The police caught up to the suspects on Dortse Randweg. They were arrested.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Oct 30 '19 11:00

A firework bomb exploded at the home of a Jewish family in Hippolytushoef last week - the latest of dozens of anti-Semitic incidents targeted at the family over the past 20 years, according to father Wouter Schmidt. The municipality of Hollands Kroon, which covers Hippolytushoef, is investigating whether a group of young people may be responsible for the harassment, NH Nieuws reports. 

Dutch police officers arrest a suspect
Oct 30 '19 10:10

Every new task given to the police puts a lot of other investigation work at risk, a group of mayors said in a letter to parliament. According to them, the fight against human trafficking and a range of other serious crimes is already coming under pressure, NOS reports.

Biomass power plant
Oct 30 '19 09:22

Generating electricity from biomass creates more greenhouse gas emissions than coal and gas, according to a yet-to-be-published study by DNV GL consultancy commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that newspaper AD has in its possession. 

Ergün S. suspected in the Groningen movie theater murders
Oct 29 '19 17:00

Ergun S., the man suspected of killing cleaners Gina and Marinus in the Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, stalked his ex-girlfriend for years, she said to newspaper AD. She reported him to the police multiple times. "But the police always say that they are only texts, that they cannot prove that he is really after me", she said. 

Geert Wilders speaking with the media
Oct 29 '19 15:55

The suspect accused of threatening far right leader Geert Wilders, and preparing a terrorist plot, should be sent to prison for six years, the Public Prosecution (OM) said during closing statements against Junaid I. in court on Tuesday. Wilders was present in the courtroom earlier in the day, but declined the opportunity afforded him to make a statement as one of the victims in the case, saying he only wanted to look into the eyes of the suspect.

Gerrit Jan van D.
Oct 29 '19 12:40

The Public Prosecutor wants to perform DNA tests to determine whether Gerrit Jan van D. really is the father of the six now-adult children who lived with him in complete isolation on a farm in Ruinerwold for years, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed to NU.nl after reports in Dagblad van het Noorden.

The children themselves told the police that Van D. is their father, but as they are not registered in the Basic Persons Registration, this is not an established fact. The Public Prosecutor therefore wants to test their DNA for certainty.

Newborn baby
Oct 29 '19 11:50

A hotline for mothers in the Netherlands who were pressured to give up their children for adoption received over 150 reports since it launched on October 1st. The Ministry of Justice and Security, which launched the hotline as part of a major investigation into abuses in domestic adoption from 1956 to 1984, is surprised by the number of reports, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Tinder
Oct 29 '19 09:20

Dating platforms Tinder, Happn, 50plusmatch, Parship, and Paiq are in violation of Dutch privacy law, according to consumers association Consumentenbond. They place tracking cookies without users' permission and their privacy statements are intentionally vague about who they share information with, according to the association.

2019 Groningen movie theater murders
Oct 28 '19 15:30

The police received over 200 tips regarding the murders of couple Gina (55) and Marinus (56) at a Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, the police said on Twitter. Suspect Ergun S. has psychological problems and his family was working on getting him admitted to a mental health clinic, his sister said to newspaper AD.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Oct 28 '19 13:50

A 29-year-old man was shot on Jacob Krausstraat in Amsterdam early on Sunday morning. He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Multiple media sources identify the victim as Brennan Dalfour, a man with an extensive criminal record who is part of a well known crime family in Amsterdam, according to Het Parool.

The police responded to Jacob Krausstraat at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, after reports of shots fired. They found the critically injured man at the scene. He was resuscitated on the street and rushed to hospital, where he died. 

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Oct 28 '19 13:00

A 66-year-old man from Heerlen was sentenced on appeal to 10 months in prison, five of which conditionally suspended, for hiding his mother's body in her home for nearly 2.5 years so that he could keep cashing her pension. The court in Den Bosch also ordered him to pay 15,500 euros in compensation to his mother's pension insurer, according to the ruling.

The court in Limburg previously sentenced the man to six months in prison and ordered him to pay 40 thousand euros in compensation.

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Oct 28 '19 12:10

Whistleblower Paul van Buitenen is pressing charges of "undermining the rule of law" in the handling of the Enschede fireworks disaster in 2000 against the Dutch government, the municipality of Enschede, a number of Ministries, the Public Prosecutor, the police and others. The government and other parties involved are not only guilty of the disaster itself, but afterwards also covering up their own failures resulting in the wrong people being punished, Van Buitenen said to Tubantia.

Police officer and paramedic
Oct 28 '19 10:30

A scooter rider stabbed a 53-year-old father on Dam Square in Amsterdam in front of the victim's wife and young children on Sunday evening, a witness said to the Telegraaf. The stabbing happened at around 6:00 p.m. after the scooter rider got into an argument with several cyclists, the witness said. 

According to the witness, the father was on his own bicycle and the mother was on a cargo bike with their young children. They were waiting at the traffic lights near Dam Square when the scooter rider started shouting at another cyclist.

Waiting for a job interview
Oct 28 '19 08:58

Employers should be extra alert to fake diplomas when hiring new employees, the council for secondary vocational education in the Netherlands MBO Raad warns. The council is receiving more and more signals of fake diplomas, especially from sectors facing staff shortages such as healthcare and installation technology, MBO Raad chairman Ton Heerts said in a statement.

Ransomware
Oct 28 '19 08:31

Ransomware is a growing problem for Dutch companies. Small- and medium sized businesses in particular are popular targets for this type of malware, according to security researchers, insurers and sector organization MKB Nederland, NOS reports.

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to the data on your computer, unless you pay the cyber criminal behind the malware a 'ransom'. For businesses it can mean losing access to their administration, customer data or other important documents, sometimes bringing an entire business to a standstill.

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Oct 28 '19 07:28

Veldhoven was shaken by a high speed car chase during which shots were fired on Sunday night. At least three people were hurt, one of whom seriously, RTL Nieuws reports.

The police responded to reports of gunshots and cars driving at high speed at around 10:15 p.m. on Sunday. Responding officers found two cars that collided with each other on Traverse. Multiple people were seen fleeing the scene of the collision on foot. An injured man was found inside one of the cars.

Ergün S. suspected in the Groningen movie theater murders
Oct 27 '19 10:24

The 33-year-old man wanted in connection with a double homicide at a Groningen movie theater on Saturday was arrested at a gas station along the Hoendiep on the city's west side Sunday morning. Gunshots were fired during the arrest, police said, and the suspect, Ergün S. was injured.

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