Crime

1,780 kilograms of illegal fireworks found in Bleiswijk and Nootdorp in Zuid-Holland, 13 Nov 2019
Nov 15 '19 15:10

Two people were arrested this week after police discovered some 1,780 kilograms of illegal fireworks kept in a home and a storage space. The arrests were made after Wednesday morning raids in Bleiswijk and Nootdorp, Zuid-Holland.

An anonymous tip led police to the dealer’s home in Bleiswijk, police said. They kept the suspect under surveillance, building up evidence of the illicit handling of explosives.

Dutch police
Nov 15 '19 14:17

A 13-year-old girl who disappeared in The Hague on Wednesday, was found in good health, the police said on Twitter at around 1:00 p.m. on Friday. "We want to thank everyone for thinking and searching along", the police said.

Goiia's father is delighted and also wants to thank everyone who helped look for his daughter. "Thank you, thank you", he said to RTL Nieuws. "I was just called by a police officer, I am so happy, I am so relieved."

Car accident
Nov 15 '19 12:50

Victim Support Netherlands is launching a campaign to reach more victims of road accidents. Research by the organization showed that there are far more traffic victims than the number of people who come to them for help, and that not all road accident victims know that this is an option, NOS reports.

In 2017, the Dutch Association of Insurers recorded more than 740 thousand car insurance damage claims after a collision. Victim Support Netherlands comes into contact with around 30 thousand road accident victims per year.

Gavel
Nov 15 '19 10:54

The Public Prosecution Service demanded 20 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment against Bekir E. for the murder of 16-year-old Humeyra. The teenage girl was shot dead at her school in Rotterdam West on December 18th. She reported to the police that E. was stalking her multiple times.

Police officer at a train station
Nov 15 '19 10:18

A man arrested at Eindhoven train station on Thursday night is a 24-year-old resident of Dordrecht. He is suspected of involvement in a shooting in his hometown, in which a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured on October 18th, Eindhovens Dagblad reports. 

Lady Justice
Nov 15 '19 09:11

A 26-year-old Australian man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing Dutch Gitta Scheenhouwer in a hit-and-run in Melbourne last year. He will be eligible for early release after serving 8.5 years. The man, Michael Panayides, is also banned from driving a car for 20 years, the court in Melbourne ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police officer with a taser
Nov 15 '19 08:41

The Dutch government is allocating 30 million euros for the purchase of electric shock weapons for the police. Equipping cops with tasers has been high on the police's wish list for some time, and they are now getting their way, RTL Nieuws reports.

Around 17 thousand police officers who may find themselves in a situation in which they have to defend themselves against violence will be equipped with a taser. Part of the 30 million euros will go towards purchasing these weapons, and part will go towards training police officers how to handle and use them.

Dutch police car
Nov 15 '19 08:15

The police are urgently looking for 13-year-old Goiia. The girl disappeared in The Hague on Wednesday, when cycling home from school. A missing child alert was issued by the police. 

Goiia left the St. Maartenscollege in Voorburg at 2:10 p.m. on her bicycle with a friend. The two cycled together until they reached Laakkade in The Hague. There they said goodbye to each other and cycled in different directions. That was the last time Goiia was seen.

NS train at the Eindhoven Station
Nov 14 '19 20:07

Police in Eindhoven on Thursday evening sent a team of heavily armed and masked officers into a packed and busy train as part of a search for suspect. Authorities were vague about the person of interest, saying only that it concerned an incident in Rotterdam, according to Omroep Brabant.

"We have just been able to arrest a person," police said just before 7:15 p.m. The arrest was made at the request of another division, the Oost Brabant division of the police noted. 

Seif Ahmed
Nov 14 '19 16:50

A man found dying of a gunshot wound in a car on Buitensingel in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht on October 1st, had a toddler in the car with him, the police announced on Thursday. The toddler was the victim's child and was unharmed in the shooting that killed the father, 34-year-old Seif Ahmed.

Ahmed was found motionless in the car at around 5:15 p.m. on October 1st. First responders discovered he had a gunshot wound. They tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Nov 14 '19 16:00

The Public Prosecution service is going to prosecute 23 people for criminal offenses around the Facebook live stream of Sinterklaas' national arrival in Amstelveen last year. They suspects are accused of threats, incitement and discrimination and will soon receive their summons, NOS reports.

Jail
Nov 14 '19 15:10

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing Amsterdam rapper Gondilio Lowland, known as Bolle. The man was convicted of manslaughter, NOS reports.

The court did not convict the man of murder, because it could not be proven that he had a premeditated plan to kill Lowland. But there is enough evidence to prove that the man was the one to shoot the 19-year-old rapper. Evidence includes surveillance camera footage, tapped conversations, and witness statements.

Over 100 police officers raid a caravan camp on Hoogheuvelstraat in Oss where the "Godfather of Brabant" was arrested, 13 Nov 2019
Nov 14 '19 14:20

The police tackled what they call a "criminal family network" in Oss, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday. Three men, believed to be the leaders of this criminal network, were arrested. During searches at a caravan camp and other places in Oss, the police found and confiscated automatic firearms, drugs and cash. Possible explosives were also found.

Christian bible
Nov 14 '19 13:30

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) must do more against sexual abuse in its churches, according to a project group that evaluated the church's current policy on sexual abuse. The project group recommends that the PKN gets a declaration of good conduct from the thousands of volunteers and professionals in the church, to show that they had not committed criminal conduct in the past, Trouw reports.

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Nov 14 '19 12:35

The names of senior officials in the Russian government are mentioned in telephone conversations between pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine about the downing of flight MH17, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed in a call for witnesses on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Dutch police
Nov 14 '19 11:00

A 48-year-old woman who was shot by police officers near a primary school in Alkmaar on Wednesday, succumbed to her injuries, the Public Prosecutor said on Thursday. She was shot after she refused to follow police orders, according to the police.

The police responded to Piemstraat on Wednesday morning after multiple reports of the woman committing vandalism on the street. Responding officers ordered her to stop, but she did not listen, a police spokesperson said to NH Nieuws. The officers shot at the woman when she came at them with a knife, according to the regional broadcaster.

Bicycle accident
Nov 14 '19 09:17

In the past three years there were over 60 thousand traffic accidents at intersections in the Netherlands. A total of 476 of these accidents proved fatal, and people were injured in nearly 16 thousand accidents, reports RTL Nieuws. The broadcaster conducted its own analysis of police and Rijkswaterstaat data of over 250 thousand road accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Child with teddy bear
Nov 13 '19 16:00

The number of reports of child pornography in the Netherlands increased by tenfold in the past five years. In 2014, the police received some 3 thousand reports, this year there were 30 thousand, according to a study by Bureau Beke, NU.nl reports.

The researchers attribute the massive increase to the fact that companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft are now required to report if they come across potentially child pornographic material. 

Bible
Nov 13 '19 14:20

A police judge sentenced a 31-year-old man to community service for child abuse because he shaved his 9-year-old daughter's head after she made a mistake while copying bible passages. The judge instructed the man to "think about his parenting methods" while working for the community, AD reports.

Dwarspad in Bilthoven
Nov 13 '19 13:30

Three 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing a 47-year-old man in Bilthoven on August 19th. The victim went to the scene because of a date he made through dating app Grindr. 

The man, from Soest, met his date at a parking lot in Bilthoven as agreed through the app. The two walked into the forest on Dwarspad, where five other young men were waiting for them. .

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Nov 13 '19 12:40

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb apologized to the relatives of 16-year-old Humeyra, who was shot dead by her stalker at her school last year, for not handling her reports that Bekir E. was stalking her properly, NOS reports. 

Police
Nov 13 '19 11:50

Student associations in Leiden are warning their members to not go out alone at night after multiple students reported being sexually harassed or assaulted in the city center. The police received multiple reports of incidents, a police spokesperson confirmed to AD. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Nov 13 '19 10:14

Police officers shot and injured a woman near a primary school in Alkmaar on Wednesday morning. Multiple pupils of the primary school witnessed the shooting, bystanders told NH Nieuws and NoordHollands Dagblad. The woman was taken to an area hospital

The incident happened on Piemstraat, near primary school Durv! located on Elgerweg in the Noord-Holland city. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene at 8:16 a.m., followed by a trauma team by helicopter one minute later. 

Money laundering
Nov 13 '19 09:10

Every year around 13 billion euros of criminal money is laundered in the Netherlands, according to a study by Brigitte Unger, Professor of Economics at Utrecht University. Laundered criminal money accounts for around 1.6 percent of the Dutch economy, she concluded,Financieele Dagblad reports.

The majority of this laundered criminal money comes from the Netherlands itself. Criminals earn around 16 billion euros in the Netherlands through their criminal practices per year. About half of that amount is also laundered in the Netherlands.

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