Crime

Child with teddy bear
Aug 30 '19 15:40

Japanese couple Noriku and Hidufun M. from Molenschot in Noord-Brabant are facing attempted manslaughter charges for seriously neglecting and starving six of their seven children. The Public Prosecution Service demanded prison sentences of 4 years and 3 years and 10 months against them respectively, AD reports.

Police at the scene of an explosion on Schiedamsedijk in Rotterdam, 28 March 2019
Aug 30 '19 14:00

The police arrested a 29-year-old man from The Hague and a 27-year-old woman from Amsterdam in connection with two hand grenade incidents in Rotterdam in March, the police said in a statement.

Delivery scooters in front of a Domino's Pizza in The Hague
Aug 30 '19 13:10

The Domino's Pizza on Biljmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost will equip its delivery workers with bodycams to protect them against robbery. "It is almost certain that this plan will continue", spokesperson Marianne Kemps of Domino's Pizza said to Het Parool. 

Domino's already successfully experimented with bodycams, subsidized by the center for crime prevention and security CCV, in Rotterdam. In the areas where meal deliverers wore bodycams, the robberies stopped. "We saw that wearing the bodycams alone deters robbers. In addition, the delivery staff felt safer", Kemps said. 

Amsterdam in the rain
Aug 30 '19 10:10

Amsterdam is the safest city in Europe and the 4th safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The top three safest cities in the world are Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.

Breda police investigate the stabbing death of a teenager
Aug 30 '19 09:19

"As a human being, you really cannot bear so much sadness, anger, emotion and disbelief", the parents of 15-year-old Megan, who was stabbed to death in her mother's Breda home last week, said in a letter published by Omroep Brabant. In the letter they thank everyone for the support and sympathy they received, and said they hope the perpetrator will get the maximum punishment.

Mahathir Mohamad
Aug 30 '19 07:42

The relatives of people killed in the MH17 disaster wrote a letter to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, asking him to stop "spreading doubts and divisions" and to stop making statements that are "contrary to the truth", NU.nl reports.

Spanish police
Aug 29 '19 16:00

The Spanish police arrested a 36-year-old Dutch man near the city of Malaga on suspicion that he ordered multiple murders in the Netherlands. Two of the murders were actually committed in 2017, the others were prevented, according to the local police, NU.nl reports.

A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl that it issued an arrest warrant, and that a Dutch person was arrested in Spain as part of an ongoing investigation. Further details about his identity and what crimes he is suspected of, the Prosecutor could not share yet.

Police officers
Aug 29 '19 11:00

A report stating that Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime led to alarmed and shocked reactions from politicians in The Hague. Parliamentarians call on the government to invest more into combating this issue, the Telegraaf reports.

The report stated that the authorities have little insight into drug economy and -crime, that the police have basically given up the fight against drugs, and that the judiciary is failing to tackle real crime structures.

Deliveroo
Aug 29 '19 09:17

After years of decline, the number of robberies in the Netherlands increased sharply in the first half of this year. Meal deliverers are the most popular target. The number of meal deliverers robbed doubled compared to last year. Supermarket robberies are also on the rise, AD reports

Handcuffs and gavel
Aug 29 '19 08:38

The police in Kenya arrested the wife of the missing former head of Philips in East Africa, Tob Cohen, in connection with his disappearance. Cohen went missing in mid-July. The couple were getting divorced, NOS reports.

Cohen had been living in Kenya for decades. After his disappearance, his wife told the authorities that he went to Thailand to relax. But investigators have been unable to find evidence that the man ever left Kenya. He was reported missing by his sister in the Netherlands, who hasn't heard from him since July 19th. 

detail-afzetlint
Aug 29 '19 07:30

A man was found dead in his home in Maastricht on Wednesday night. His wife was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, the police said in a statement.

The police responded to the home on Meendal at around 11:00 p.m. after a report that the body of the resident had been found. At the scene responding officers found that the man was indeed dead. 

Exactly what happened is not yet clear. The police don't rule out a crime.

The extent of the woman's injuries, and how she sustained them, is also unclear. 

The police are investigating. 

Theo van Gogh
Aug 28 '19 17:40

Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs must reconsider her decision not to give a journalist access to tapped conversations around the murder of Theo van Gogh and the Hofstad group, the group to which Van Gogh's murderer Mohammed B. belonged, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. According to the court, the Minister's explanation for why these conversations can not be released was not sufficiently substantiated.

Football
Aug 28 '19 16:50

A 34-year-old linesman was fined 500 euros for assault by the police court in Haarlem. As linesman for Haarlem football club Geel-Wit, the man punched the goalkeeper of football club UNO in the head during a match on March 30th. The goalkeeper lost consciousness and sustained a concussion, NU.nl reports.

Zr. Ms. Zierikzee
Aug 28 '19 15:10

Dutch Navy ship Zr. Ms. Zierikzee cleared away five naval mines from the North Sea this week. The explosives were found during preparatory work for new offshore wind farm Borssele Windfarm, which will be located 25 miles from Vlissingen, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Construction on the wind farm will start early in October. Survey ships found the explosives while preparing the site for construction to begin.

Police guard in a detention center
Aug 28 '19 14:20

A 51-year-old woman from Rotterdam was sentenced to 15 months in prison, five of which conditionally suspended, by the court in The Hague on Tuesday. She was found guilty of fraud. She stole 1.1 million euros from her employer and transferred this full amount to the foreign bank account of her online love interest, NU.nl reports.

Halil Erol
Aug 28 '19 11:50

A 44-year-old woman from Meppel was arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of 34-year-old Halil Erol from Steenwijk in 2010, the police said in a statement. Erol disappeared in February 2010. Parts of his body were found later that year and in 2013. The man's head and hands have still not be found.

A stiff wind catches the Amsterdam flag flying over Oudebrugsteeg in the city center, 7 March 2019
Aug 28 '19 07:38

Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime. The authorities know little about the drug economy and -crime, the police are no longer even trying to fight drugs, and the judiciary failed to tackle the real crime structures, De Telegraaf reports based on a study it has in its possession. 

Netherlands police uniform
Aug 27 '19 17:12

An investigation into the death of a 32-year-old deaf man in Assen determined that a sex crime took place on the playground where the man died, authorities said on Tuesday. Five men were arrested after reports surfaced that the hearing-impaired gardener named Martin was accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old girl just after 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Aug 27 '19 14:20

A man died in a stabbing incident in an apartment complex on Uilebomen in The Hague on Tuesday morning. So far no arrests were made, the Den Haag police said on Twitter. The police are investigating.

The police responded to the apartment complex at around 5:00 a.m., according to Omroep West. A helicopter ambulance was deployed to the scene, but the victim's life could ot be saved. 

The police closed down the area for investigation. 

Police speedboat
Aug 27 '19 13:30

The police put an end to an illegal party on the Nieuwe Meer in Amsterdam on Sunday. The party was held over multiple boats and had at least 500 attendees, the police said in a statement. Two people were arrested, and a water scooter and sound equipment were seized.

Three people became unwell during the party. "Presumably due to the combination of alcohol and/or drug use and the high temperatures", the police said. They were taken to hospital for examination and treatment. 

gele-politiejas
Aug 27 '19 12:40

There will be extra surveillance and security at student complexes in Wageningen after attacks on three young women in the area over the past week and a half. Student associations are also calling on their members not to go out alone at night, Omroep Gelderland reports.

Vlogger
Aug 27 '19 11:50

Dutch video influencers - social media vloggers with a large number of followers - are violating the rules of the Advertising Code Foundation by by not clearly stating whether they receive money or free products for the products or services they feature in their videos, Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own investigation.

Jail
Aug 27 '19 11:00

Johan van Laarhoven, a Dutch man who used to own coffeeshops The Grass Company in the Netherlands, was sentenced to 75 years in prison in cassation in Thailand. No further appeal is possible against this ruling, making the sentence final, his lawyer said to RTL Nieuws.

Cannabis plants
Aug 27 '19 10:10

Legalizing the production and use of cannabis does not lead to an immediate reduction in drug crime, a delegation from the Dutch police concluded after a working visit to Canada, which legalized cannabis in October last year. One of the main reasons for this is that the price of cannabis is much lower on the black market, because criminals do not have to pay taxes, the Volkskrant reports.

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