The Spanish and Dutch police arrested six men from Amsterdam suspected of a series of assassinations and planned assassinations, mainly in the Netherlands. Among the suspects are three already notorious criminals in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports.
The first prisoner in the Netherlands to be diagnosed with coronavirus was discovered in the prison hospital ward in Scheveningen, the correctional facilities agency DJI confirmed on Thursday. No prisoners in the Netherlands have been allowed visitation since Saturday, with some exceptions.
Prisoners are allowed meetings with their attorneys, but appointments need to be made in advance at least through April 6. Juvenile detainees are still allowed visitation with their parents and guardians.
The National Police are impressed by how people in the Netherlands are generally following the rules and measures implemented due to the coronavirus outbreak. "Incidents can be counted on one hand. We can really appeal to people's common sense," Max Daniel, one of the four national police commanders coordinating police operations for the Covid-19 outbreak, said to Nieuwsuur.
A person was found dead in a home on Hoefstraat in Tilburg early on Thursday morning. The police believe they were killed in a crime.
The body was found at around 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, the Tilburg police said on Twitter. "Investigation showed that the person may have been killed by violence," the police said
The criminal investigation department is at the scene for trace evidence investigation.
Police in the Netherlands issued a blunt warning telling the public to be on the lookout for cybercriminals using the coronavirus to swindle people. The scammers often use fake emails or fake text messages to obtain personal information from their victims, police said in a statement.
A minute of silence will be held in Utrecht on Wednesday morning to commemorate the victims killed or injured in a mass shooting in the city exactly a year ago today.
The municipality of Rotterdam is presenting a plan on Wednesday to tackle the increased violence among young people in the city. Schools with many problems will get more police supervision, and the municipality will provide subsidies to train students and teaches on dealing with aggression, Trouw reports.
The plan focuses on secondary schools and secondary vocational schools. The municipality is allocating 180 thousand euros per year for the approach.
Customs officials monitoring the Rotterdam Port found five different batches of cocaine from Friday to Tuesday, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said in separate statements. Over 250 kilograms of cocaine was recovered, and eight different people suspected of involvement were arrested.
Police were still searching for two men involved in a drive-by shooting in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland on Sunday. The violent incident left a 43-year-old man and 35-year-old woman wounded.
The two were stepping into a car on Van Oldenbarneveltplein just before 9:45 p.m. when two men dressed in black riding on a scooter opened fire on the couple. Both were shot several times.
"The gunmen rode off on a scooter, leaving the victims seriously injured. There was no trace of the perpetrators," police said in a statement.
The trial against the first for suspects in the downing of flight MH17 will continue for the time being, the court in The Hague announced. The next hearing on Monday, March 23, will definitely happen, but in a slimmed-down form.
Only essential people involved will be allowed at the hearing. So no relatives of the victims, press or other interested parties. Only one of the three prosecutors will be in the courtroom, according to NOS. And fewer lawyers are also expected.
Police in Amsterdam say a 21-year-old Scottish man who was visiting the city for a weekend visit disappeared after leaving his hotel Saturday morning. Matthew McCombe was last seen leaving the Novotel in Amsterdam Zuid at about 6:15 a.m. walking towards the RAI convention center, police told NL Times based on images captured by security cameras.
He was in town to celebrate his birthday with some friends. All of his belongings, including his phone and wallet, were left in his hotel room, police said. He has not been heard from since leaving.
Stringent measures taken to battle the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 are affecting all aspects of the Netherlands. Most court cases and parliamentary debates have been canceled. Community service has been suspended. And the Netherlands is no longer taking in asylum seekers. Freelancers suddenly unable to go to work are also facing problems.
Three people were taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Amsterdam Oost. Police responded to a home on Lorentzlaan in the city's Watergraafsmeer neighborhood at about 2:50 p.m. after a call to emergency services about an injured person.
"At the scene the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head," police said. He was revived by paramedics, but died from his injuries.
A wedding reception in Gelderland was broken up by police Saturday night because there were too many attending the event. Police in Druten were enforcing the government's ban on all gatherings of over 100 people, a restriction put into place on Thursday to help contain the spread of coronavirus, officers said on social media.
Police in Amsterdam said they found over 100 kilograms of powdered heroin in a home after they chased two people who tried to flee the residence to avoid arrest. One of the two, a 44-year-old man, was caught after a short foot pursuit.
Forensic investigators entered the home and found the heroin there. The street value was estimated at between two and four million euros, according to addiction treatment organization Jellinek.
Authorities say a police officer who was arrested over his involvement in an off-duty “violent incident” has been suspended. “Drugs were found during the investigation,” police note, and the criminal case is ongoing.
“In addition to the criminal investigation, a disciplinary investigation has also been started,” authorities confirm. “The employee has since been suspended, but he has no access to police buildings and systems during the investigations.”
Two airline passengers were arrested separately at Schiphol Airport this month carrying a combined total of about 275 thousand euros in cash. Both men were caught at airport security checkpoints, and neither had a valid reason for holding the money, authorities said.
The first suspect is a 38-year-old Ukranian man who was found with 195 thousand dollars (€174,600) in a plastic bag inside his backpack. He was destined for Ecuador, but was taken into custody on March 1, said the Marechausseee, the military branch tasked with protecting Dutch borders and airports.
A Dutch translation of the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration is not punishable, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Thursday. The Prosecutor said it does not deny that the statements made in the declaration hurt people, but in this case they are protected by both the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression.
Another 1,800 parents may be eligible for compensation in the so-called childcare allowance affair, the Donner Committee concluded on Thursday, after investigating cases in which the Tax Authority wrongfully labeled parents as fraudsters and halting their childcare allowance as a result, NOS and NU.nl report.
The Netherlands' anonymous tip line Meld Misdaad Anoniem received nearly 5 thousand tips regarding hard drugs and around a thousand reports of criminal money last year - a record number of tips for both these types of crimes, the organization said with its annual figures for 2019, NOS reports.
Amsterdam and Rotterdam saw a major increase in the number of minors involved in incidents with weapons over the past years. The number of stabbings in Rotterdam involving underage victims and suspects doubled last year. And the number of underage suspects in weapon incidents in Amsterdam increased by 50 percent since 2017, NOS reports based on figures from the local police stations.
Police say a terrifying home invasion robbery in Rotterdam left a young mother fearing for her life and the life of her young daughter. The two were tied up and held at gunpoint by two unknown assailants speaking to each other in Papiamento.
It happened Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m. on the Zevenkampse Ring. The 24-year-old woman was leaving with her two-year-old girl when she was pushed back into her home by one of the robbers. He was then assisted by his partner.
The police placed 25-year-old Youssef Ben Hamou on the national wanted list in connection with a shooting in Almere. Hamou is suspected of involvement a shooting in an apartment in the heart of Almere, in which a 35-year-old man was killed on December 21 last year, the police said.
The police believe the motive behind the shooting was a drug deal that got out of hand. There are two suspects in this case. One, a 20-year-old man from Amsterdam, is already in custody. Youssef Ben Hamou is the second suspect.
The number of electric bikes stolen in the Netherlands increased explosively last year, according to travelers' association and bike insurer ANWB. Over 3,800 e-bikes were reported stolen to the ANWB last year, 38 percent more than the year before. The claim amounts increased by 47 percent. "We lost millions of euros last year," Bert Gelling of ANWB insurance branch said to AD.