Social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 are making the victims of domestic violence increasingly invisible, aid workers said to NRC. With the schools closed and everyone at home, police and teachers can't spot signs of abuse. Social workers can't visit vulnerable families at home. And victims have less opportunity to call for help with the perpetrator at home all the time, they said.
Possible human remains were found in a sewage it during work on Zeebergweg in Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon, the Amsterdam police confirmed on Twitter. The police conducted both criminal- and forensic investigation at the scene.
The first point of order is to identify whether the remains are indeed human, a spokesperson for the Amsterdam police said to NOS. If that turns out to be the case, the next steps are to identify the victim and investigate how they died.
The perpetrator behind a fire at a transmission mast in Groningen on Friday, was caught on video. The video showing the an pouring liquid on the telecom tower and setting it alight was released on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening. Over the past two weeks, 13 transmission masts in the Netherlands were set on fire, the police revealed on the show.
Foul play was suspected in the death of a 52-year-old man, whose body was found in his own home on Easter Sunday. Martin Griep was found dead at about 8:45 p.m., police said, in the home on Ridderspoor in the Noord-Holland town of Zwaag.
"It is now clear that he was killed by a crime," police said, without specifying the cause of death.
Authorities should be "imposing house arrest" on people who receive fines for violating Covid-19 social distancing measures, Gerrit van de Kamp, chairman of police union ACP, said on radio program 1op1 on Tuesday. In the event that the current measures remain in place for much longer, Van De Kamp explained that house arrest "could be one example" that police should be allowed to consider when planning for longer-term enforcement of the measures.
A woman from Niedorp in Noord-Holland recently opened a Disney puzzle delivered to her door four years ago only to discover that in addition to puzzle pieces, the box also contained 530 ecstasy pills. The police are investigating, community police officer Bas Dirkmaat said on Instagram.
According to the police, the puzzle was delivered to the woman's home four years ago. She hadn't ordered it, and her family and friends also knew nothing about it. As it had no return address, the puzzle ended up in the garage.
Some Rotterdam residents found it difficult to adhere to the social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus over Easter weekend. A group of young people attacked enforcement officers when they were fined, hurting five enforcers. And a barbecue on a Rotterdam roof ended up costing the 17 attendees a total of nearly 7 thousand euros in fines. Rotterdam is using camera equipped cars to find groups faster.
Two telecom transmission masts were found burning in Almere overnight, one at Sportpark de Marken and one on Sluiskade. The fires were small and easy to extinguish, but the extent of the damage caused to the transmission masts is not yet clear, NOS reports.
Over the long holiday weekend, police in the Netherlands handed out roughly 1,800 fines to people for violating physical distance rules. Officials had been particularly concerned because of the warm weather predicted for Saturday and Easter Sunday, but police said no large-scale interventions were necessary.
"In most places it went well and many people followed the rules that exist because of the coronavirus," police said. Most of the times police cautioned people they responded understandingly, and kept more of a distance.
A gay couple was spat on and insulted by a group of young people as they walked to a supermarket on Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam on Sunday. Among other things, the group of teenagers called Daniel and Fabio "kankerhomos", which directly translates to "cancer gays", the couple said to AT5.
The two have faced discrimination before, and always just ignored it. "At some point you've just had enough," Daniel said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "And now the whole group seemed to support it, they were so worked up."
A Rabobank ATM on Osdorpplein in Amsterdam was blown open early on Monday morning. There was also an attempted ATM bombing on an ING machine at an Albert Heijn on Oostelijke Eilanden. The police are investigating both incidents.
The bombing on Osdorpplein happened at 4:22 a.m. Photos from the scene show a hole where an ATM used to be, and a second ATM severely damaged. Whether any cash was stolen, is unclear.
Exactly what time the attempted bombing on Oostelijke Eilanden happened is not clear. Alarms went off at 4:42 a.m. and then again at 6:31 a.m.
The police are investigating a fire at a transmission mast on Centaurusweg in Tilburg. The already burnt-out fire was discovered by a passerby on Saturday. "Because there have been more fires like this lately, we are doing forensic investigation," a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant. According to the broadcaster, seven transmission towers have been set on fire in the Netherlands over the past days.
The fire was relatively small and the police believe it went out by itself. The fire brigade did not have to be called in. The police can't say exactly when the fire was set.
Prison guards at the Penitentiary Institution in Lelystad used pepper spray to put an end to a protest by prisoners on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security confirmed to NU.nl. Sources told RTL Boulevard that the prisoners rebelled because of the measures against the coronavirus in the institution.
The Justice spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny whether Covid-19 measures were behind the protest. Due to the risk of contamination, detainees have not been allowed visitors for nearly a month. Their day program was also limited for the same reason.
Two men, including one carrying a loaded gun, were taken into custody by authorities at the Schiphol Airport train station on Saturday. A day later, authorities said the men were not suspected of attempting to carry out a terrorist plot, but that they were coincidentally wanted in a separate investigation.
A witness on the train saw one of the two loading a firearm while the train was headed towards the airport. Emergency services were notified, who then contacted the Marechaussee, a branch of the Dutch military which guards airports, seaports and borders.
A police-involved chase came to a blazing conclusion when the car officers were tailing crashed and burst into flames. The two people inside the burning car were rescued by their pursuers and transported to an area hospital.
It started early Sunday morning in Tilburg when police began following a BMW at about 3:15 a.m. as it travelled eastbound on Midden Brabantweg. The officers were getting ready to pull the car over when the suspects bolted.
Firefighters extinguished blazes at two radio masts in Oudenbosch, two more in Veldhoven, and another in Groningen which were likely separate arson attempts, police said. Authorities said they were working with the counterterrorism office NCTV in the investigations.
Criminal cases backlogged by the Covid-19 crisis may be brought to trial on evenings and weekends, Gerrit van der Burg told television show Op1 on Friday. To make up for the pileup, which total between 5,000 and 6,000 items per week, Van der Burg believes that the Public Prosecution Service (OM) ought to also consider extending its working hours into the evenings and the weekends.
A Dordrecht court handed out a conviction and 10-year prison sentence to a man found guilty of starting a fire in Rotterdam last year which claimed the life of 27-year-old Robert Hendrix. The court agreed with the prosecutor who accused the man of using gasoline to deliberately set his own home on fire last April.
A 19-year-old man from Breda accused of taking down two government websites on March 19 was arrested by police on Friday. The suspect was suspected of using a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattack to take down overheid.nl and mijnoverheid.nl, which were offline for several hours because of the incident, police said.
Information website Overheid.nl "was and is frequently visited because of the corona crisis. The availability of this site to citizens is crucial for the country, especially during these times," police said.
Five people were seriously injured in a car accident on the A16 highway near Zevenbergschen Hoek, Noord-Brabant early on Friday morning. The 45-year-old motorist from Poland crashed his car into another vehicle containing five other people from the same country. A pole went straight through the car, seriously injuring the people inside.
The five people in the second vehicle were taken to different hospitals in the area. "At least one of them was hit by the pole and is in very bad shape," a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.
Pornographic and racist images were displayed on the screens of Erasmus College students during a lesson using the video app Zoom in Zoetermeer on Wednesday, prompting the school to halt its use of the popular program. Following the incident, the secondary school was advised to switch to other video platforms instead.
A Rotterdam police officer was kicked and bitten last night after authorities tried to break up a group of people violating the ban on crowds. A 30-year-old Rotterdam man has been arrested in connection with the incident, the police confirmed.
Officers were dispatched to the Bellamystraat in the Spangen neighborhood at around 8.15 pm on Tuesday to handle a large group of people that had gathered there. Police said that when officers arrived the group quickly turned against them, which caused a scuffle that resulted in one officer being attacked.
Police officers in The Hague shot a man in his leg while arresting him on Honthorststraat during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was taken to hospital for treatment, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to Honthorststraat after a noise complaint, a police spokesperson said to newspaper AD. At the involved home, responding officers found a man holding a stabbing weapon. They tried to speak to the man, but eventually had to call in an arrest team, the spokesperson said.