Crime

Crime scene tape
Apr 22 '19 16:50

Reports of a possible explosive in a parking lot in a residential area in Maarssen sent emergency services responding to the Utrecht town en masse on Monday morning. But it turned out to be a false alarm, NU.nl reports.

The Ministry of Defense's explosives disposal experts later determined that the object was in fact a weed grinder shaped like a hand grenade. 

After the discovery, the police closed down a large part of the Kamelenspoor neighborhood. The street was released again after the explosives experts determined that the "explosive" was harmless.

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Apr 22 '19 16:00

A burning car crashed on the A1 at the Embrugge exit after a high-speed chase from Naarden early on Monday morning. A woman, believed to be the driver of the car, was arrested, AD reports.

The accident happened after a wild chase on the highway. The Amsterdam police noticed the car, a BMW, because it was speeding and swerving wildly across the road. When the driver spotted the police, the car sped up to 250 kilometers per hour and the police gave chase.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Apr 22 '19 12:40

Coffeeshop New Times on Spuisstraat in Amsterdam was closed by request of the municipality after two hand grenades were found there over the weekend. The coffeeshop agreed to close for a week, after which the municipality will decide whether further closure is needed, AT5 reports.

The first hand grenade was found near a parking garage at New Times early on Saturday morning. The second was found on the pavement in front of the coffeeshop at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Spuistraat was closed down for several hours on both days, while explosive experts removed the grenades. 

Easter bonfire
Apr 22 '19 11:00

A holiday park in Erica in Drenthe was evacuated on Sunday evening after an Easter bonfire got out of control and threatened to spread to the bungalows. The fire has since been extinguished and the holiday makers were allowed to return to their homes. No one was injured, NU.nl reports.

Burning parts were blown from the bonfire, and started fires in the forest in which the bungalow park is located. The fires were quickly extinguished.

Firefighters on the job
Apr 22 '19 10:10

Emergency services in Kaatsheuvel had their hands full with two house fires in the Noord-Brabant village during the early hours of Monday morning. A total of two people were taken to hospital with injuries, Brabants Dagblad reports.

The first fire broke out in a home on Poorthuys at around 2:30 a.m.. Two people were rescued from the home. One was taken to hospital by ambulance, to be treated for smoke inhalation. The fire did a great deal of damage to the home.  

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Apr 22 '19 08:14

A woman was killed and three people injured in two separate fires in the province of Noord-Brabant during the early hours of Monday morning.

The woman died in a fire in her home on Kleine Dreef in Veldhoven. The cause of the fire, which broke out at around 5:15 a.m., is not yet known, according to ANP.

Three people were injured when a fire broke out in an apartment complex on Hoofdstraat in the town of Liessel. The severity of their injuries is not yet clear. According to NOS, two of the victims were taken to hospital. 

Ambulance
Apr 22 '19 07:50

Four people were killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 near Deventer on Monday morning. The highway is currently closed in the direction Hengelo to Apeldoorn, public works department Rijkswaterstaat said on Twitter.

The car crashed into a matrix sign and caught fire, according to NU.nl. Emergency services responded to the scene in large numbers.

The cause of the accident is not yet known. The police are investigating.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apr 22 '19 07:37

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are shocked by seemingly coordinated attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, they said in a released statement. A total of 290 people were killed. Among them were at least 35 foreign tourists, including at least one woman from the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the local police said on Monday morning, AD reports.

Aerial photo of the Colombo, Sri Lanka coast
Apr 21 '19 17:56

At least one Dutch woman was among the hundreds of people killed in a seemingly coordinated set of attacks on Easter Sunday in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka, and several other cities in the South Asian island nation. The 54-year-old woman died in a blast triggered by a suicide bomber at the five-star Cinnamon Grand Hotel in a central, popular part of Colombo.

Police
Apr 19 '19 16:50

The Limburg police suspended four officers from the Horst-Peel and Maas regions for dereliction of duty. They are accused of "unprofessional behavior", the Limburger reports. 

The police would only confirm to the newspaper that four cops had to hand in their gun and pepper spray last week and are no longer allowed to enter the police station. What exactly they are accused of, the police did not say. "They have not behaved in a way that we would expect from police officers", a spokesperson said. 

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Apr 19 '19 16:00

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for abusing a 14-month-old girl from Hengelo to such an extent that she died. The court in Alemlo convicted Maick S., the boyfriend of baby Xaja's mother, of murder. The sentence is 8 years longer than the Public Prosecutor demanded, partly because of the "particularly violent manner" in which he killed the girl, NU.nl reports. 

Monument for the people killed in an attack on the Royal Family in Apeldoorn on 30 April 2009
Apr 19 '19 14:20

Apeldoorn will hold a public gathering on April 30th to commemorate an attack on Queen's Day in 2009. The municipality initially planned a closed meeting only for relatives and those involved, but due to interest decided to extend open the event to the public, a spokesperson for the municipality said to Omroep Gelderland.

The Grote Kerk in Apeldoorn will be open for the commemoration from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on April 30th. There will be no official program, but there will be two showcases featuring cards, letters and stuffed animals left at the scene of the attack in 2009.

Crime scene tape
Apr 19 '19 13:42

A hand grenade was found on Eerste Coehoornstraat in the center of Amsterdam on Friday afternoon. The police closed that street as well as Czaar Peterstraat for investigation. The hand grenade was stuck to a post box, according to a photo AT5 has in its possession.

The police are at the scene to investigate. 

Shell Refueller
Apr 19 '19 12:40

The police arrested 20 people on Friday morning during an unannounced demonstration at the Shell headquarters in The Hague. Twelve were arrested for committing vandalism, eight for not following police orders, NU.nl.

The demonstrators sprayed graffiti on the walls of the building, among other things. Some 50 demonstrators in total showed up to protest at Shell headquarters on Carel van Bylandtlaan.

The police took the detainees to a police station for processing. A area was made available for the remaining protesters to hold their demonstration. 

Child with teddy bear
Apr 19 '19 10:10

Two Dutch women confronted convicted pedophile Hans V. from Tilburg in Kenya a few weeks ago. Crime reporter John van den Heuvel visited H. in Kenya for his latest documentary, and the two women, who were abused by V. when they were children, asked to go with him. "The lives of these women have been destroyed", Van den Heuvel said when the footage of the confrontation was shown on PAUW on Thursday, AD reports.

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Apr 19 '19 08:24

A 24-year-old man was caught trading weapons from within the psychiatric prison in Heiloo. He was arrested last week. The man, Herman D. from Ermelo, had three cellphones and a laptop with him from which he ran his business, the Telegraaf reports.

The laptop and phones were found in the suspect's room in Heiloo, sources told the newspaper. In 2017, D. was sentenced to a short prison sentence and institutionalized psychiatric treatment, because he stabbed three men in Nieuw-Vennep, the man's lawyer confirmed to the newspaper.

Neighborhood watch sign
Apr 18 '19 15:50

A rapidly increasing number of Dutch neighborhoods have neighborhood watch groups or apps, partly because municipalities encourage this. The problem is that the same municipalities that encourage preventative measures in neighborhoods, hardly keep an eye on what the neighborhood watch groups are doing. This regularly cause problems, researcher Vasco Lub said to NOS after reports in NRC.

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Apr 18 '19 14:10

Before leaving the Netherlands for the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, many Dutch jihadist had frequent problems with work, money, education, housing, crime and their psychological health, according to a police study in which the files of over 300 Dutch rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war were analyzed. This means that the distinction between psychologically disturbed perpetrators and ideologically driven terrorists has become obsolete, the police said, ANP reports.

Gavel
Apr 18 '19 13:20

The Public Prosecution Service made a huge blunder. A photo of the most important key witness in the case against Ridouan Taghi, the most wanted criminal in the Netherlands, ended up in the criminal files of all suspects around Taghi, the Prosecutor confirmed to RTL Nieuws after reports in the Telegraaf. 

The police photo of Nabil B. ended up in the files of suspects who are on trail on Thursday for involvement in multiple underworld assassinations. The main suspect in the case is fugitive Ridouan Taghi.

Dutch police officer talking on his radio
Apr 18 '19 12:30

A jeweler in Kesteren, Gelderland, was robbed by three armed people on Thursday morning. The owner of the jewelry store was injured. The police arrested one suspect, and launched a manhunt for the other two, the Telegraaf reports.

A bystander managed to grab one of the robbers when he came running out of the jewelry store, according to the newspaper. The police arrested the man. Multiple pieces of jewelry were found lying on the street.

The other two robbers fled on a scooter. They were wearing dark clothing.

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Apr 18 '19 07:38

Last year 678 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, 65 more than in 2017. This is the largest increase in the number of traffic deaths since 1989, Statistics Netherlands reports. Noord-Brabant had the biggest increase, from 98 traffic deaths in 2017 to 150 last year.

Police
Apr 17 '19 15:20

An arrest on Kanaalstraat in Utrecht on Tuesday afternoon ended in a scuffle between the police and bystanders. A total of four people were arrested. According to the police, the scuffle broke out when bystanders interfered with the arrest. Multiple people posted videos of the incident on social media, many claiming that bystanders interfered with the arrest due to "excessive violence" used by the police, AD reports.

Police find 114 kilos of MDMA during a traffic check on A58 near Wouw, 15 April 2019
Apr 17 '19 14:30

The police per chance found over 114 kilograms of MDMA crystals while checking a car in the parking lot at Wouwse Tol on the A58 on Monday afternoon. The driver, a 56-year-old man from Berghem, was arrested, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

ASML headquarters in Veldhoven
Apr 17 '19 12:00

It wasn't the Chinese government, but South Korean tech company Samsung that was behind corporate espionage at Dutch chip machine maker ASML, CEO of the Dutch company Peter Wennink suggested in an interview with broadcaster NOS.

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