Crime

Royal Palace, Dam Square, Amsterdam after Paris Attacks
Dec 27 '19 18:04

Schiphol Airport is believed to have been targeted in a planned terrorist attack that was to take place simultaneously as the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Investigators made the assertion in a 561-page indictment produced by French authorities examining the coordinated assaults that left 130 people dead, according to Belgian newspaper De Standard.

Thief stealing money from a safe
Dec 27 '19 13:53

Police in 30 different Dutch municipalities failed to apprehend a suspect in a single burglary reported in their jurisdictions in the past three years. There were over two thousand break-ins reported in those towns and villages between May 2016 and May 2019, all of which went unsolved, a data analysis from RTL Nieuws showed.

Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and Telegram apps
Dec 27 '19 09:00

An investigation into the source of threats against specific police officers posted in a Telegram chat group led to the arrest of a 23-year-old man from Papendrecht. The man is suspected of using the app to share photos of the two Rotterdam officers with a message promising money in exchange for personal information about them, according to RTL Nieuws.

Sharing a photo of an officer and seeking out their identity or address is not illegal, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office told the broadcaster. That changes when an actual threat is included with the posting.

Law Faculty at Maastricht University
Dec 27 '19 08:30

Maastricht University in the Netherlands said it was adversely affected by a "serious cyber attack." The university has been trying to recover from the attack since Tuesday, where offenders reportedly used ransomware, a method that encrypts files which are then only decrypted after a ransom is paid.

Tractors leaving Den Haag after a farmers' protest, 16 Oct 2019
Dec 27 '19 08:00

As much as authorities wanted to prevent tractors and construction vehicles from tying up the highways during protests by farmers and builders in October, law enforcement in the Netherlands was outmatched and unable to prevent it, concedes Linda Bregman, of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM). It was not "because we didn't want it. Not because we didn't understand the law.

Daniel Burdett, arms smuggling fugitive from Liverpool, England
Dec 27 '19 07:30

After five years on the run, police in The Hague captured one of the United Kingdom's most wanted criminals on Christmas Day. Daniel Burdett, a 28-year-old man from Liverpool, was picked up on "ten charges of conspiracy to import firearms and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs," the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday.

The Liverpudlian was taken into custody by Dutch officers as he sat down to Christmas dinner at a Hague restaurant. "Delighted with this little Christmas present," said NCA Director General Lynne Owens on social media.

Cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam, hidden in 40 barrels of frozen fruit pulp from Brazil, 23 December 2019
Dec 26 '19 12:30

Customs officers intercepted a large amount of cocaine during a check at the port of Rotterdam on Monday. The drugs were hidden in around 40 barrels of frozen fruit pulp, the Public Prosecutor said on Wednesday.

The container with the drugs came from Brazil. The cocaine was removed and destroyed. 

The HARC team, a joint venture of Customs, FIOD, Seaport Police, and the Public Prosecution Service in Rotterdam, is investigating.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Dec 26 '19 11:40

The Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam is concerned about young people seemingly being increasingly eager to shoot or stab each other. "My concern is great, because you see that the number of incidents involving young people who shoot or stab is increasing," chief prosecutor John Lucas said in an interview with AT5. Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw expressed similar concerns earlier this year. 

collegas-op-straat
Dec 26 '19 10:00

A man who wanted to buy illegal fireworks in Blerick was robbed of 1,900 euros on Christmas Day. When he tried to buy the fireworks, the seller threatened him with a knife, took his money, and disappeared without a trace, the police said in a statement.

The incident happened at around noon on Wednesday. The 34-year-old man from Veldhoven drove to Blerick to buy the fireworks. The seller met him at the agreed upon place on Gosewijnstraat, got into the car with the victim, threatened him and robbed him. The suspect fled on foot.

Football
Dec 26 '19 09:10

Hundreds of people gathered at football club HVV Laakkwartier in The Hague on Wednesday to say goodbye to Bilal Aydin, a 20-year-old footballer who was stabbed to death in the city on Saturday. The club's main field was completely crowded with loved ones who came to show their respects, AD reports.

Dutch police officer
Dec 26 '19 07:45

A car was destroyed in an explosion on an empty parking lot in The Hague on Wednesday. The police suspect that a firework bomb was thrown underneath the car, which has Polish license plates, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

Local residents reported the blast on Laan van Poot at around 00:30 a.m. Debris from the explosion was found as much as 20 meters away. Fragments of car were also found in nearby trees. 

The police's explosive experts were called to investigate. The vehicle was towed away by a recovery company.

As far as is known, no one was injured. 

Police
Dec 26 '19 07:20

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Hengelo early on Christmas morning is 27-year-old Chantal de Vries from Almelo, multiple sources told AD. She worked at Grand Cafe De Twee Wezen in Hengelo.

At this stage nothing is yet known about the motive for and circumstances around the fatal stabbing. The police are investigating multiple possible scenarios.

Rotterdam money laundering arrest
Dec 25 '19 15:30

Police investigating an aggressive man on the streets of central Rotterdam led to the accidental discovery of thousands of euros in loose cash. The suspect was trying to cover something up when he was taken into custody, and the pile of money plopped out of his clothes, police said.

Officers monitoring a security camera saw a man with a bottle of liquor trying to pick a fight with anyone who walked past him. When police arrived on scene the man took off running, but was found soon after hiding under a delivery van.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Dec 25 '19 08:07

A woman died after being stabbed in Hengelo early on Christmas morning, the police said on Twitter. The stabbing on Hampshire, just outside the Hengelo city center, was reported to the police at around 2:00 a.m.

A few hours later, authorities said they detained a person of interest in the case. "The police are looking for witnesses, and have arrested a man for this incident. His involvement in the incident is being investigated," police said on Twitter.

Cobalt
Dec 24 '19 16:58

Prosecutors in Rotterdam have decided to pursue charges against six men for the theft of 114 tons of cobalt from the Port of Rotterdam. The stolen cargo had a commercial value of eight million dollars, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said.

"Cobalt is a rare raw earth material that is used for batteries in electric cars and tablets, among other items," the OM said. The material was stolen from a secured warehouse at the Waalhaven operated by Vollers, which immediately tightened up its security afterwards, newspaper AD wrote at the time of the theft.

Hendrik T., accused of killing Nur Hofiani
Dec 24 '19 11:54

The Dutch ex-husband of a woman was arrested after confessing to causing her death in Indonesia, police in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java said at a press conference. Hendrik T., 56, was taken into custody for the strangulation death of 41-year-old Nur Hofiani at his home.

He allegedly wrapped a USB cable around Hofiani's neck when she was snoring loudly and ignored his efforts to wake her up. He yanked on the cord when she continued to snore, and died. The two had a child together before they divorced in 2016, the Telegraaf reported.

Illegal fireworks found in Den Bosch
Dec 24 '19 10:43

Two people suffered serious injuries when fireworks were detonated near a football cage in Den Bosch. Police said a mortar grenade exploded in their faces.

"Then, with heavily bloodied faces, they finally managed to reach a home in the area and rang the doorbell. The residents were severely shocked and subsequently alerted 1-1-2," police said.

The two male victims are 32 years of age. One is from Berlicum, and the other is from Den Bosch. Both had facial injuries, and were taken to the Eye Hospital in Rotterdam, where they were to undergo an operation on Tuesday.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Dec 24 '19 09:34

A fight spiraled out of control and apparently led to the fatal stabbing of a man on the street in the Zuid-Holland city Spijkenisse. The first ambulance was sent to the Rammenasdreef just before midnight with two more sent in the first hour of Tuesday morning.

A short while later, police announced they were securing the scene for a stabbing incident. "The man died despite the efforts of emergency services," police said.

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Dec 23 '19 18:49

Police in Eindhoven said they were looking for a group of boys as young as 12 for the unprovoked assault of a man walking near the Woensel shopping center last week. The victim, Bart Jansen, said he was viciously attacked because he is a homosexual.

Since the Wednesday attack, he said he has cried several times, wondering what he has done to deserve to be a target. "That people can hate you so much for who you are. That hurts a lot.”

Dutch police car
Dec 23 '19 15:53

A teenaged boy was seriously wounded in a stabbing incident in Drachten, Friesland, on Sunday night. Two teens were later arrested, and separately a police officer was hurt in the ensuing aftermath in front of a local bar.

Paramedics and police were dispatched to the Zuidkade in Drachten at around 9 p.m. The young victim was in front of a bar, and was treated by paramedics before being transported in serious condition to a hospital.

Ridouan Taghi
Dec 23 '19 13:24

Dutch authorities said their counterparts in Morocco were essential to the eventual arrest of fugitive suspected crime boss Ridouan Taghi.

Fred Westerbeke
Dec 23 '19 12:01

The head of the national cases division of the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) is being put forward by top cop Erik Akerboom to become the Chief of Police in Rotterdam. If appointed by Royal Decree, Fred Westerbeke will take over on April 1.

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Dec 23 '19 08:12

An investigation was ongoing into a weekend mystery where a dead body was found inside a car fished out of the Nieuwe Maas river. Police in Rotterdam say they arrested the driver of the car, a 38-year-old Rotterdammer, who managed to escape the vehicle despite having a stab wound.

It was not immediately clear how or when the car wound up in the water, but the Rotterdam driver emerged from the water between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday. He was taken to an area hospital by ambulance, police said.

Sexual assault suspect biking in Amsterdam
Dec 20 '19 17:00

Police in Amsterdam are looking for a man suspected of the repeated sexual harassment and assault of young women and girls. Investigators think the man may be responsible for at least a dozen attacks over a period of nearly twenty years.

Security camera footage of the man was released on Friday. One of the alleged assaults is shown in the video.

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