Crime

Ahmed Marcouch in 2010
May 5 '20 06:45

Arnhem Mayor Ahmed Marcouch reproached police on Monday for being too lax in dishing out fines for social distancing offenses, after a party was broken up on Sunday morning in which most of those attending went unpunished. "'Not to be repeated' is a heavy understatement here," Marcouch wrote in a letter to the city council on Monday, announcing that the state of affairs will be "thoroughly" discussed with the police.

Lady Justice
May 4 '20 19:13

An appellate court in Den Bosch affirmed the conviction of former policeman Mark M., and re-sentenced him to five years behind bars on Monday for his role in money laundering and leaking out confidential information about police investigations between 2011 and 2015. The man was found to have regularly scoured through police systems to find information about individuals involved in ongoing investigations, which he would then leak out to those involved.

Dutch police car
May 4 '20 17:10

Two persons suspected of an attempted ATM bombing in Germany were arrested in Weert  in Limburg during the early hours of Monday morning. An explosive was found in the car the suspects used, the police said in a statement. The explosive was safely disposed of by the police's explosive removal department.

Mobile forensic unit at the scene of a fatal shooting on the corner of Panamalaan and Borneolaan in Amsterdam Oost, 2 May 2020
May 4 '20 12:10

A 29-year-old man from Amsterdam shot and killed on the corner of Panamalaan and Borneolaan early on Sunday morning, was identified as convict Omar Essalih by Het Parool. According to the Amsterdam newspaper, Essalih had a criminal record for car theft and firearm possession, among other things.

The man was recently acquitted of two ATM bombings in Germany, where some 118 thousand euros were stolen by blowing up two ATMs. He was convicted of stealing a car in De Pijp and laundering a motorcycle connected to this crime, according to the newspaper.

1,297 kilos of heroin seized at the port of Felixstowe, UK, en route to Rotterdam. 30 August 2019
May 4 '20 11:20

The number of heroin addicts applying for methadone to help with withdrawal symptoms is increasing. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the heroin supply is drying up in various Dutch cities, and addicts often have less money to spend on drugs, according to a study b the Trimbos Institute, Foundation Mainline, and the interest group for drug users MDHG on behalf of the Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports, NRC reports.

Dutch police officer
May 4 '20 10:22

Shots were fired during a home invasion and robbery on Paviljoensgracht in The Hague on Monday morning. A victim was taken to hospital for treatment. Two suspects were arrested, the police said on Twitter.

The robbery was first reported to the police at 8:21 a.m., followed by reports of shots fired a minute later. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene at 8:23 a.m., with a second ambulance following 15 minutes later.

Transmission mast
May 4 '20 07:28

Two transmissions masts in The Hague were found burning during the early hours of Monday morning. The fires at masts on Jaap Edenweg and Laan Van Poot were reported shortly after one another, local safety region Veiligheidsregio Haaglanden confirmed to NU.nl.

The police closed down the areas around both masts for investigation. The one on Jaap Edenweg is a C2000 mast, which is used for communication between emergency services. The extent of the damage is not yet clear.

On Friday night, a transmission mast on the A67 in Maasbree, Limburg was also set on fire. 

Fire department in Haaglanden
May 3 '20 10:41

Investigators looking into a Friday evening explosion at an apartment building in Groningen arrested two residents late Saturday night after finding an “explosive substance” at the scene. Two people were injured in the blast on Wibenaheerd in the city’s Beijum-Oost neighborhood.

The explosion blew out the facade of a first floor apartment at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Initially, investigators speculated that a faulty natural gas connection in the home led to the explosion. After receiving a tip, police returned to the scene Saturday afternoon to look more closely at the rubble.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 3 '20 08:59

Police in Amsterdam were investigating an early morning shooting on Sunday that left one man dead. The gunshot victim was found at the intersection of Panamalaan and Borneolaan at about 3:30 a.m. in Amsterdam Oost.

Moments before the shooting was reported to authorities, emergency services received a call about a gray BMW with German license plates that was on fire a short walk away near the Frans de Wollantstraat entrance to the Funenpark.

€800,000 cash and 10 kilos cocaine found in a delivery van pulled over on Vekenoord in Breda, 1 May 2020
May 1 '20 15:10

The police discovered 10 kilograms of cocaine and around 800 thousand euros in cash in a hidden compartment while checking a delivery van in Breda on Friday. Three men were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and money laundering, the police said in a statement.

Domestic violence helpline
May 1 '20 09:04

From this month, victims of domestic violence can use the code word "mask 19", or "masker 19" in Dutch, to ask for help at pharmacies. The pharmacist will say the mask is out of stock, but to leave a number and address so that the mask can be delivered. Instead, the pharmacy will alert the authorities or aid agencies that someone at that address needs help, NRC reports. 

Two people seen filling a Jerry can 30 minutes before a telecom mast was set on fire in Dronten.
Apr 30 '20 19:42

Two men arrested separately this week in connection with setting a transmission mast on fire are brothers who have denied any involvement in the case, reported newspaper AD based on sources.

The Royal Line from left to right - Crown Princess Amalia, Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander, 25 February 2020
Apr 30 '20 16:26

A 31-year-old man from Zwolle has been sent for forensic psychiatric observation after threatening to sexually and physically abuse Princess Amalia and her school friend in January. Prosecutors presented details of their case against Wouter G. at a court status hearing on Wednesday.

The former member of the military stands accused of using messages, images and audio on Instagram to threaten to rape the 16-year-old Dutch princess and murder her friend between Jan. 9 and Jan. 14. "Yes girl, there is no escaping it," he wrote in one message.

4,500 kilos of cocaine found in a banana shipment at a Vlissingen company, 29 April 2020
Apr 30 '20 12:20

A company in Vlissingen that was concerned about irregularities in a banana shipment stumbled upon a batch of cocaine worth roughly 180 million euros. The company grew concerned during a quality check of its shipment from Costa Rica on Wednesday, and asked Customs officers to inspect the cargo.

“Further investigation by Customs revealed that the issue concerns more than 4,500 kilograms of drugs,” said Dutch tax officials involved in the case. They believe the cocaine was sent from a group in the Central American country to the Netherlands, but an investigation is ongoing.

Transmission mast
Apr 30 '20 09:35

The police arrested a third suspect in connection with a series of fires on transmission masts throughout the Netherlands this month. There was another attempt to set fire to a mast on Wednesday night, this time in the Noord-Brabant village of Standaarbuiten.

Erxinio Luntungan
Apr 29 '20 17:30

The police released video footage of the night 24-year-old Orpheo Gefferie was shot dead in parking garage The Bank on Amstelstraat in Amsterdam. The video shows suspect 20-year-old Erxinio Luntungan first entering the garage with three other people, then getting into an argument at the payment terminal, and then running out of the garage.

14 Dutch arrested for smuggling 1,400 kilos of cocaine found in a warehouse in Antwerp, April 2020
Apr 29 '20 15:08

A shipment of squid was what reportedly led Belgian authorities to a major discovery of 4,100 kilograms of cocaine in a bust at the port of Antwerp that led in the arrest of 14 Dutch citizens last week. Eleven of the suspects were remanded into custody, the Belgian Public Prosecution Service confirmed in a statement. The arraignment hearings for the other three suspects was expected to take place on Monday.

Vincent van Gogh's De Lentetuin
Apr 29 '20 13:30

The police are calling on people who visited the Singer Laren museum to send them photos taken in the museum. Investigators hope that these photos will help them track down the perpetrator who stole a Van Gogh painting from the museum late last month. 

An area cordoned off by police
Apr 28 '20 19:45

Police have expressed their thanks to a 79-year-old Roosendaal man who chased down a bicycle thief on Sunday using an electric bicycle with a passenger behind at his back.

According to police, the man had given chase to the thief, a 27-year-old resident of Eindhoven, at around 4:30 p.m. after witnessing the man stealing his friend's bicycle at the Dijkcentrum in the town center. While trying to chase down the thief along with another man who wanted to help, the elderly man alerted a police officer along the Chromietdijk, who had himself just spotted the thief whiz past.

Demonstration at the Tweede Kamer in The Hague against coronavirus measures, 5G and vaccination, 28 April 2020
Apr 28 '20 15:45

A group of spirited protesters gathered in front of the lower house of Parliament in The Hague on Tuesday, demonstrating against the lockdown, vaccinations, and the 5G wireless network. About 200 people outside the Tweede Kamer were heard chanting "freedom now", and holding banners with slogans like "Vaccinations: Inaccurate Mess," "Stop5G," and "Stop the Lockdown."

Turkey
Apr 28 '20 11:30

Following homophobic statements by Ali Erbas, the director of the Turkish institute for religious affairs Diyanet, during a sermon at the start of Ramadan on Friday, the hashtag #YallahHollandaya was trending on Twitter in the country. The hashtag translates to "Go to Holland", a popular anti-LGBTQ slur in Turkey, NRC reports.

Hague police officer
Apr 28 '20 09:21

Someone set fire to a transmission tower in Swifterbant, Flevoland on Monday night. Emergency services managed to quickly extinguish the fire and the damage to the tower remained limited. The police did a trace evidence investigation at the scene. No arrests were made, NU.nl reports.

Police
Apr 28 '20 07:33

While the coronavirus crisis brought massive parts of society to a halt, organized crime continues unhindered. There is no visible reduction in the amount of trafficked drugs discovered in Rotterdam, and a first batch of cocaine has already been found in a shipment of medical supplies that was shipped to the United Kingdom, according to Rotterdam police chief Fred Westerbeke. "Criminals adapt very quickly," he said to AD.

A police dog celebrating King’s Day at home. April 27, 2020
Apr 27 '20 19:06

Police in the Netherlands issued 719 fines for social distancing violations over the long King's Day weekend, authorities said at the end of Monday afternoon. More fines were handed out on Saturday, 345, than on Sunday, when 309 people were ticketed.

Officers followed that up by giving out just 65 tickets on Monday, as of 4 p.m. Police said the normally bustling holiday was "very quiet" this year.

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