Crime

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.

Police guard in a detention center
Oct 11 '19 16:10

The police arrested a 55-year-old man in his home in Haarlemmermeer on Tuesday on suspicion of child sex tourism, the Public Prosecutor said on Friday.

The man is suspected of sexually abusing multiple minor girls in the Philippines and Thailand and the possession of child pornography, the Prosecutor said. The authorities believe he was about to travel back to the Philippines. "There are no indications that he also abused minors in the Netherlands."

Chicken hatchery
Oct 11 '19 15:20

All companies in the Netherlands that hatch chickens for meat are guilty of animal abuse, according to a not-yet-published ruling from the Ministry of Agriculture that the Volkskrant has in its possession. After hatching, nearly 500 million chicks per year run the risk of being left without food and water for an unnecessarily long time. The hatcheries have five years to rectify this, according to the newspaper.

This decision follows a lengthy court procedure filed by animal welfare organization Wakker Dier in 2013. 

Oct 11 '19 14:30

The trial against four men suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17 will take over a year. The court in he Hague set different periods aside for the court case, starting on 9 March 2019 and ending on 26 March 2021. All in all, the court reserved 25 weeks in the high-security Schiphol Judicial Complex for the MH17 trial.

Rainbow flag
Oct 11 '19 13:02

Students at the Trinitas Gymnasium in Almere were threatened after they arranged a number of activities at school for "Coming Out Day" on Friday, according to letters the school sent to parents, Omroep Flevoland reports.

The students involved had arranged a number of activities for Coming Out Day, including local alderman Jerzy Soetekouw coming to raise a rainbow flag at the school. The activities were arranged at the students initiative, and the school gave them room to do so. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Oct 11 '19 12:00

An ATM bombing on Dorpstraat in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel caused major damage to the town center on Friday morning. Due to investigation, cleanup and repairs, the town center will be closed down to the public for most of the day, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

Large fire in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West, 11 Oct 2019
Oct 11 '19 11:10

A large fire broke out in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning. As far as is known, no one was injured.

The fire department responded to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Het Parool reports. The strong wind blew sparks all over the street, causing a risk that the fire would spread to other buildings.

Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading, but surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution. A total of 60 residents are being sheltered elsewhere in the neighborhood.

ambulancebroeders-en-agent-bij-incident
Oct 11 '19 10:19

A person set themself on fire in front of the court in Roermond on Friday morning. Emergency services, including a trauma helicopter, are at the scene. 

The police closed down Willem II Singel, where the incident happened. The extent of the person's injuries is not known, but according to the police, they are conscious and able to communicate.

Police officers are speaking to witnesses and investigating what happened. Victim Support was called in for witnesses who need it. 

Sigrid Kaag
Oct 10 '19 13:53

A vast majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, support sanctions against Turkey following a Turkish invasion in northeastern Syria. The Dutch government is looking into a "wide range of measures" against Turkey, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade, standing in for Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok who is abroad, said in a parliamentary debate on the matter on Thursday, NOS reports.

Bicycle accident
Oct 10 '19 12:30

The number of serious injuries sustained in cycling accidents increased significantly over the past years. Last year 46,800 thousand cyclists had serious injuries treated in an emergency room, 31 percent more than in 2009, according to figures from VeiligheidNL. The safety expertise center mainly attribute the increase to the aging population and electric bikes.

Red_Light_District
Oct 10 '19 09:09

The account details of the 250 thousand users of Dutch website Hookers.nl have leaked out after a vulnerability on the website was exploited. A hacker captured the members' data and is offering it for sale, NOS reports based on its own research after an anonymous tip. The website is popular among clients of sex workers, who exchange tips, reviews and experiences in the sex industry. 

The problem extends beyond clients of sex workers. Sex workers themselves are also active on the website. They also may want to not be known as a sex worker with their real names. 

Ronald van Z.
Oct 10 '19 08:33

Ronald van Z., a psychiatric prisoner who escaped from a clinic in Nijmegen on Friday, was arrested in an internet cafe in Paris on Wednesday evening, the police said. He is expected to be extradited to the Netherlands in the near future.

Van Z. was convicted of child sex abuse in 2014 and sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric treatment. He was being treated at the Pompekliniek in Nijmigen, from where he escaped while on a supervised bike ride on Friday.

British police
Oct 9 '19 15:40

The British police arrested 13 people on Friday in an investigation into drug trafficking from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom. The British and Dutch gang suspected of being behind this operation is believed to have smuggled over 50 tons of drugs from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, AD reports.

Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Oct 9 '19 14:45

Various Dutch government agencies should have protected 16-year-old Humeyra, who was gunned down by her ex and stalker Bekir E. at her Rotterdam school in December last year. But the danger to the girl was underestimated because the police, Public Prosecution Service, the probation service and the reporting center for domestic violence VeiligThuis were not working together, the Justice and Security Inspectorate concluded after looking into this case.

Man sought in the disappearance of 12-year-old Hania from Rotterdam, 28 June 2019
Oct 9 '19 13:30

American man James B. denies sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in a Rotterdam hotel in June, though traces of the girl's DNA was found on his body, was revealed during a proforma hearing against him on Wednesday. The court remanded him into custody until his next hearing, scheduled for December 5th, according to Telegraaf reporter Saska Belleman tweeting live from the courtroom.

Ronald van Z.
Oct 9 '19 11:50

Ronald van Z., a psychiatric prisoner who escaped from a clinic in Nijmegen on Friday, is setting demands for his return. He will only turn himself in if two employees of the Pompekliniek resign, he said in an email exchange with Omroep Gelderland. The clinic told the broadcaster that they will not negotiate with this man.

Texting while cycling
Oct 9 '19 11:00

More than 9,200 fines were issued for calling or texting while cycling since doing so was banned on July 1st this year, The Ministry of Justice and Security announced on Friday, AD reports.

Waiting for a job interview
Oct 9 '19 10:10

The Dutch government is stepping up the fight against discrimination in the employee recruitment process. Employers and employment agencies caught discriminating while looking for staff will now be fined up to 4,500 euros per case. Their misconduct will also be made public, State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs and Employment announced in a bill on Wednesday, the Volkskrant report.

Drug use
Oct 8 '19 14:30

Ketamine seems to be getting more popular as a party drug, according to new figures from the Trimbos Institute. Over the past six years, the number of people who went to a first aid post or hospital after using this drug recreationally increased five-fold, the institute said in its Drug Incidents Monitor, NOS reports.

Ketamine is an anesthetic that can cause hallucinations. The share of first-aid visits caused by ketamine use increased from 2.7 percent in 2009 to 8.2 percent in 2017.

Fireworks debris
Oct 8 '19 08:09

The police are worried about enforcing local firework bans over New Year's and doubt whether these bans contribute to safety, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in a letter to parliament. "Maintaining public order is becoming a lot more complex for my people", he said in the letter, the Telegraf reports.

Ronald van Z.
Oct 8 '19 07:40

The police are looking for 40-year-old Ronald van Z., a man convicted of sexually abusing minors who escaped from a psychiatric clinic in Nijmegen. Van Z. got away on a black bicycle while on supervised leave from the Pompekliniek on Friday.

Online shopping
Oct 7 '19 10:30

The majority of Dutch who fall victim to an online scam don't report it to the police or their banks, largely because they considered the money they lost too little for the hassle, according to a study Statistics Netherlands did with the police.

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