Bas Vijzelaar
May 12 '20 19:50

The police arrested a second suspect on suspicion of involvement in the murder of 33-year-old Bas Vijzelaar, whose body was found in the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal near Breukelen in mid-March. The police are investigating what role the 29-year-old man from Utrecht played in Vijzelaar's death, the police said in a statement.

Bricks of cocaine found hidden in a shipment of VW Beetles.
May 12 '20 16:40

A shipment of Volkswagen Beetles was found to be hiding 325 kilograms of cocaine. The consignment originated in South America and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) said.

The cocaine carried a street value of between 13 and 22 million euros, according to addiction advocacy center Jellinek. The drugs were discovered during an inspection at the port on Monday evening, and were subsequently seized and destroyed, the OM said.

May 12 '20 10:40

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is updating the law on sexually transgressing behavior so that more forms of sex crimes, both online and offline, are covered by it. One of the main changes is that an adult sending sexual explicit images to a child will soon explicitly be a punishable offense, the Minister said in a statement. 

Afriqiyah Airways
May 12 '20 09:32

Exactly 10 years ago today, Afriqiyah Airways flight 771 crashed near the airport of Tripoli, Libya. 103 people, including 70 Dutch were killed in the plane crash. Only a 9-year-old boy from Tilburg survived. Due to the coronavirus,  the annual commemoration at the monument in Nieuwegein can not happen. The disaster will therefore be commemorated online. 

Police officer being treated by a paramedic
May 12 '20 08:18

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, incidents of violence against police officers increased significantly. While March was still pretty calm, violence targeted at the police spiked in April, NOS reports based on figures received from the police.

Mobile forensic unit
May 11 '20 11:33

Amsterdam rescue workers responded to two different calls on Monday morning about bodies found in the city's waterways. The first was found in the water near Oosterdok in the city center on Monday morning, the Amsterdam fire department confirmed to NL Times. 

The person's body was discovered just after 8:15 a.m. on Monday near the Nemo Science Museum. A trauma team was dispatched by helicopter. Police, an ambulance, and two fire department crews also raced to the scene to provide assistance.

May 11 '20 10:36

Paul Broer, the new national infrastructure project manager at the police, plans to make use of new technology in the fight against dangerous driving behavior. He is looking into using things like smart cameras and so-called radar cars to catch speeders and people using their phone behind the wheel, he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

"Love is for all" written outside a Lidl store in Amsterdam where a gay couple was verbally attacked on 18 April 2020
May 11 '20 08:51

A gay couple was harassed and assaulted by a group of people in Amsterdam Oost, their lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Twitter on Monday.  This was the second time that this couple was attacked in Amsterdam - they were also harassed over Easter weekend. According to the lawyer, the attack was again prompted by them walking hand-in-hand. 

Belastingdienst Amsterdam
May 11 '20 08:27

Over 11 thousand Netherlands citizens with dual nationality were subject to stricter inspections by the Tax Authority than other Dutch people. Their second nationality was an official selection criterion to determine whether they were an increased risk of fraud, the Tax Authority acknowledged after an investigation by RTL Nieuws and Trouw. This is the first time the tax office confirmed that nationality was used as an "indicator" to make a distinction between Dutch citizens, according to RTL Nieuws.

Police at the scene of a shooting outside a coffeeshop in Amsterdam Noord, 9 May 2020
May 11 '20 07:57

Multiple gunshots rang out in Rotterdam Noord on Sunday night leaving one man dead. Police were hunting two men wearing dark clothes who fled the scene by car.

Reports of gunfire were repeatedly called in to Rotterdam police between 9:55 and 10:00 p.m. When police officers arrived they found the victim lying on the Bergselaan at the intersection with Ackersdijkstraat.

One of three arrested in a €10 million crystal meth arrest in Achter-Drempt, Gelderland. May 8, 2020
May 10 '20 16:29

Police in the Netherlands arrested three people and seized an estimated 10 million euros worth of crystal methamphetamine after raiding a barn in Achter-Drempt. Several kilograms of raw crystal meth, unfinished product, and chemicals were found in the drug lab which would have further increased the street value of the drugs, police said.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
May 9 '20 10:50

Police said an arsonist was being sought in connection with a fire that destroyed a popular neighborhood community center in Haarlem. The fire started small at around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, but it quickly swept across the thatched reed roof atop the brick building.

300 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam, hidden in a shipment of orange juice from Brazil, 6 May 2020
May 9 '20 08:50

Customs officials found shipments of cocaine in two unusual places over the past few days. Some 300 kilograms of cocaine was found in a haul of frozen concentrated orange juice, while another 70 kilograms was found within a shipment of ferronickel.

A routine check of a sea container at the Rotterdam port led officials on Wednesday to the larger of the two drug hauls. The container from Brazil was loaded with barrels of frozen orange juice, destined for a business in Rotterdam.

Bas Vijzelaar
May 8 '20 13:30

The police believe a second person was involved in the murder of 30-year-old Bas Vijzelaar, who was found dead in the Amsterdam-Rijn Canal in Breukelen in March. Investigators call on the public's help to identify and track down this suspect.

Hague police officer
May 8 '20 10:59

Kosher restaurant Ha Carmel on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam was vandalized on Friday morning. One of its windows was broken. The police arrested a suspect, using pepper spray during the arrest, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. This not the first time Ha Carmel was targeted in recent years.

According to interest group Federatief Joods Nederland, the perpetrator wanted to set fire to the restaurant. The organization posted a photo of the damage on Twitter.

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
May 7 '20 17:50

While the coronavirus crisis makes a large-scale terrorist attack in the Netherlands less likely, the possibility of an attack is still "conceivable", the national coordinator for counterterrorism and security NCTV said on Thursday. The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands therefore remains at 3 out of 5.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 6 '20 18:30

Police in Groningen have arrested a third suspect on Wednesday in connection with an explosion at an apartment building on Friday evening that left two people injured.

According to police, a 27-year-old Groningen local was taken into custody for his suspected role in the explosion. The cause of the blast was still under investigation, but a day later police found an "explosive substance" at the apartment where the incident took place.

Lady Justice
May 6 '20 17:25

Two men were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly defrauding customers of more than 80 thousand euros by claiming to sell mouth masks that did not exist, financial crimes inspectorate FIOD confirmed. The suspects, a 51-year-old from Schiedam and a 26-year-old from the Hague, had allegedly been posing as mask suppliers selling their wares online.

12.6 million in cash found in a money laundering investigation in Eindhoven. May 1, 2020
May 6 '20 13:43

When police and prosecutors raided a house in Eindhoven as part of a money laundering investigation, they discovered a massive 12.6 million euros in cash, the most ever found in a single place during a criminal investigation. The record sum was kept in a hidden room inside the house, and included paper bills with all denominations up to 500 euro notes.

It also had a considerable weight, police said. The combined total of 12.580 million euros weighed approximately 255 kilograms.

Ambulance in Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 6 '20 09:23

Two people were hurt Tuesday night when an out-of-control car smashed through the front of a house. The high-speed accident happened around 11:20 p.m. on Van Roijensweg in Bergentheim.

National Monument on Dam Square in Amsterdam
May 5 '20 15:30

The police arrested two men on Monday evening for shouting near Dam square in Amsterdam during the national commemoration for war victims on Remembrance Day, a police spokesperson confirmed to The men did not actually interrupt the ceremony at the National Monument, the spokesperson said.

The two men were arrested at around 8:15 p.m. on Monday. They are suspected of making noise during the commemoration and insulting police enforces when they were confronted.

Hague police officer
May 5 '20 14:38

Police in The Hague have arrested dozens of protesters who had gathered on the Koekamp near the city's Central Station on Tuesday to demonstrate against government lockdown measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands. "For not listening to the police or the mayor we have arrested maybe more than 20 or 30 people. They have been taken to the police station" where they could be addressed individually and processed, a police spokesperson told NL Times.

May 5 '20 08:37

Radio station FunX decided to scrap its show Ramadan Late Night after multiple of its employees received death threats. DJ Moradzo told broadcaster NOS that the threats came from "purists" or "extremists" who believe music and Ramadan should not mix.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
May 5 '20 08:02

Anouar T., suspected of involvement in the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum, was arrested in his cell last week on suspicion of an attempted murder on 30 October 2019. A 28-year-old man was beaten to within an inch of his life with a large demolition hammer on Hopakker in Utrecht by three men, AD reports.