Crime

Tractors on Dutch roadways
Oct 16 '19 16:44

Farmers protesting in the Utrecht region who then drove their tractors on the A12 motorway rejected orders from the police to exit the A12 and park their vehicles at the Cars Jeans Stadium in Den Haag. Instead, many stormed into town, attempting to either create a disturbance in the city center, force their way near parliament, or to other gathering sites in the city.

Drug dealer
Oct 16 '19 16:20

Amsterdam is stepping up the fight against drug crime with a package of measures focused on making neighborhoods and their residents more resilient, and on "actively disrupting" drug dealing. Dealers will be tackled at their hangouts and garage boxes, and young people who are in danger of entering the drug world will be better monitored, the city said in a statement. 

Police guard in a detention center
Oct 16 '19 13:50

A 20-year-old man from Zwolle was sentenced to 180 days of juvenile detention, 160 of which conditionally suspended, 60 hours of community service, treatment and a fine of 750 euros for raping a then 18-year-old woman on a public bus between Zwolle and Dedemsvaart in April last year, AD reports.

Police at a farm on Buitenhuizerweg in Ruinerwold, where a family was found living in seclusion for nine years, 15 Oct 2019
Oct 16 '19 10:08

"I have never experienced anything like this", mayor Roger de Groot of municipality De Wolden said about a family found in a farm in Ruinerwold. The family, a father and six children, lived a "withdrawn existence" in "secluded provisional spaces" in the farm for nine years, the mayor said in a press conference, NOS reports

Rotterdam police find 1,125 kilos of cocaine hidden in a shipment of frozen fish from Ecuador, 6 July 2018
Oct 15 '19 18:50

Prosecutors on Tuesday alleged that a group of seven men were at least partly responsible for the importation of approximately 1,125 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of frozen fish. The cocaine entered the Netherlands at the Port of Rotterdam and was then tracked to a worksite in Zaandam in July 2018.

FMO logo
Oct 15 '19 15:30

Dutch development bank FMO funded a number of projects involved in serious abuses, Trouw reports based on its own research. The newspaper identified at least seven projects that FMO funded in which the companies involved were connected to murder, intimidation, environmental damage, arbitrary arrests and land grabbing. 

Jail
Oct 15 '19 13:42

A Czech court sentenced Dutch brothers Armin and Arash N. to 5.5 years and 5 years in prison respectively for assaulting a waiter in Prague in April last year. The brothers were convicted of aggravated assault on appeal on Tuesday. They are also banned from visiting the Czech Republic for ten years, AD reports.

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Oct 15 '19 13:10

The police discovered a father living with his six children in an 'end of times' bunker on a farm in Ruinerwold. The family, who hasn't seen the outside world for years, was discovered after the oldest son managed to get away on Sunday and went to a local pub for help, RTV Drenthe reports.

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Oct 15 '19 12:41

The police arrested two men on Tuesday in connection with incidents during a farmers' protest at the Groningen provincial government on Monday. Both men are suspected of public violence, the police said in a statement. That brings the total number of suspects arrested up to three.

On Monday hundreds of farmers went to protest against new rules surrounding nitrogen emissions at eight of the twelve Dutch provincial governments. The protest in Groningen got out of hand.

Police
Oct 15 '19 11:20

Fatima Abouloufa, a team chief at the Leiden police who was suspended after drawing public attention to discrimination within the police, is no longer welcome at the police unit Den Haag, which covers Leiden. Paul van Musscher, police chief in The Hague, informed her that she does not have enough support from a dozen managers in the unit, NRC reports.

In June Abouloufa posted on Instagram about racism, discrimination, abuse of power and bullying within the police organization. She wrote that the police management ignores both whistleblowers and complaints.

Netherlands police uniform
Oct 15 '19 09:38

An ATM bombing on Haarlemmermeerstraat in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning left the entire neighborhood shaken. One sleeping resident was injured when their window shattered due to the blast. "It really sounded like a bomb that went off", another frightened local said to AT5.

Child with teddy bear
Oct 15 '19 08:45

Boys who fall victim to sexual abuse must receive better help. There is far too little attention for male victims, resulting in them falling off the radar and not getting the help they need, the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, national coordination center Comensha, WatchNL and other aid organization committed to helping victims of sexual abuse said to NOS. 

Mona Baartmans
Oct 14 '19 15:20

Ton L., a 61-year-old man suspected of murdering his 79-year-old mother, told the authorities that he strangled her to death and then drove her body to a Chinese restaurant so he could buy an order of spring rolls. While he was waiting for his carry out snack, his mother's body was hidden underneath a blanket in the front passenger seat of the car, according to statements made in court on Monday, the Telegraaf reports.

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Oct 14 '19 14:30

Turkey's invasion of northern Syria last week, resulted in protests against Turkey and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Netherlands over the weekend. A planned protest on the Malieveld in The Hague drew around 3 thousand protesters. A spontaneous protest at Amsterdam Central Station attracted around 75 demonstrators. 

The Hague demonstrators marched through the city, passing the Turkish embassy, on Saturday afternoon. They carried signs aimed at Erdogan, and shouted slogans like "Erdogan terrorist, Erdogan murderer", according to Trouw. 

Ambulance police Amsterdam
Oct 14 '19 13:40

Jawed S., a 20-year-old man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam Central Station last year, was sentenced to 26 years in prison by the court in Amsterdam on Monday. He was convicted to two counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent, and three counts of threatening a police officer, NOS reports.

German police officers
Oct 14 '19 12:00

A special unit of the German police rescued a 22-year-old Polish woman on Saturday night, after she was abducted from a holiday park in the Netherlands. Three suspects, aged 26, 27 and 32, all from Poland, were arrested, the Dutch police said in a statement.

Jail
Oct 14 '19 11:10

In the near future, violence against a police officer or other first responders will always be punished with a prison sentence. Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Sander Dekker for Legal Protection will submit a bill on Monday that prohibits punishing this crime with community service or a fine..

Currently only perpetrators of serious violence and sex crimes are always punished with prison, and never with community service. 

Dutch police crime scene tape
Oct 14 '19 10:20

A super expensive Lamborghini that formed part of a wedding procession was severely damaged in an accident in Maasdijk on Sunday night. The Lamborghini Haracan Spyder, with a new value of over 300 thousand euros, crashed into a delivery van at high speed and then came to a standstill against a pole, NOS reports.

The accident happened when the Lamborghini entered an intersection at high speed, according to the broadcaster. A fight broke out after the collision. One of the participants in the wedding procession spat in the face of the delivery van driver. One person was arrested.

Accident
Oct 14 '19 08:29

The number of accidents on Dutch highways increased considerably over the past five years, NRC reports based on a report from the road safety research foundation SWOV that will be published Monday. The researchers attribute the increase to more distractions, speeding and less police enforcement on the highways, according to the newspaper.

Police officer being treated by a paramedic
Oct 14 '19 07:37

Violence was used again police officers working the party scene in Roosendaal and Doetinchem during the early hours of Sunday morning. One officer was injured and a total of eight people were arrested.

"Another weekend with excessive and unacceptable violence against colleagues", National Police chief Erik Akerboom said on Twitter. "In Roosendaal and Doetinchem, among others, things went wrong against colleagues 'just' doing their jobs. Local and national measures are once again necessary."

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Oct 12 '19 09:43

Three people were hurt in a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in Den Helder. One of those suspected in the shooting was arrested while police say a second suspect is still on the loose.

The incident happened just before midnight on Friday along the Verkeerstorenweg in the quiet Noord-Holland city. Police said the victims were sitting in a car when the gunmen arrived on a scooter and opened fire.

A 48-year-old man from Leeuwarden was arrested. Police said he was caught on the scooter used as a getaway vehicle.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Oct 12 '19 08:30

The Amsterdam city council will launch a campaign against the possession of weapons in the city by the end of this year. The campaign 'Amsterdam disarmed' will start in Zuidoost, and then be extended to other parts of the city, the city council announced during a meeting in Zuidoost on Thursday, Het Parool reports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Oct 11 '19 17:50

Prosecutors are seeking stiff sentence against two suspects accused of detonating hand grenades at two coffeeshops in Delft. At least one person was hurt in the explosions on May 17, 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) said in a statement.

Geert Wilders
Oct 11 '19 17:00

The court has jurisdiction, the Public Prosecution Service is independent, there are ample grounds to convict PVV leader Geert Wilders of hate speech, and no reason to drop the case against him, the Advocate General said on Friday in the appeal in the hate speech trial against Wilders. The PVV leader himself was not present in the court room, Het Parool reports.

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