Kevin van Eikeren resigned as PvdA city councilor in Rotterdam because he must appear in court this week on suspicion of insurance fraud. In a written statement, Van Eikeren acknowledged that he scammed insurance companies, NOS reports.
Giermo B., one of the suspects in the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam last year, has a long criminal record. He previously spent years in prison for two armed robberies and assaulting a prison employee, RTL Boulevard reports based on its own research.
A motorist was caught driving 209 kilometers per hour on the A16 highway near Prinsenbeek, the traffic department of the Zeeland-West-Brabant police said on Monday. Police officers had to reach speeds up to 250 kilometers per hour in the chase to bring the motorist to a stop, the police said
The young driver's license was confiscated. According to the police, the Public Prosecution's guideline is for the license to be suspended for four months. But the Prosecutor and licensing department CBR can choose to deviate from that.
An enforcement officer employed by the municipality of Rotterdam was accused of forcing a female colleague to perform unwanted sexual acts with him in 2018 and early in 2019, according to a confidential report from the National Complaints Committee on Undesirable Behavior for the Decentralized Government, which newspaper AD has in its possession. The accused man denies all allegations, according to the newspaper.
A car company in Amsterdam received a threatening letter this weekend that appears to correspond to threatening letters sent to various targets who also received mail bombs over the past week, the police said to NU.nl. The car company in question did not receive a mail bomb, the police said.
The Netherlands forensics institute NFI is currently investigating the letter for trace evidence, as it is also doing with the other threatening letters and mail bombs.
A fundraiser was launched to support a 38-year-old mother and her 8-year-old daughter who were seriously injured in a fire in an apartment building in Arnhem on New Year's Day. The family's 39-year-old father Raymond and 4-year-old son Jelle were killed in the fire. At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, over 5 thousand euros had been donated.
A mail bomb was intercepted at a post sorting center in Rotterdam on Sunday. The bomb was originally sent to a gas station in the city and the staff returned it to its sender, without knowing the letter contained a bomb, the police said to NU.nl.
Two boys arrested on suspicion of setting a fatal fire in the entryway of an Arnhem apartment building were released from pre-trial custody by a magistrate in Gelderland. The magistrate said that while there was sufficient evidence linking the 12 and 13 year old to the fire, their "personal circumstances" must also be taken into account.
Neighbors in the Kamperpoort neighborhood of Zwolle painted a grim picture of Henk W., a man found shot and killed there on New Year's Eve. One resident, Wietze, who knew the victim told RTV Oost he was "not known to be a sweetheart" and that she always suspected something like this would happen to him.
Another said it was "a relief" that he was gone.
A father and his two sons managed to wake up and quickly escape a raging house fire overnight in Oisterwijk. All three were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but there were no serious injuries, according to Omroep Brabant.
The fire was reported just after 4 a.m. on Friday. The alarm was quickly elevated to a medium-sized fire, bringing out firefighting crews and police from around the region to the house on Moergestelseweg, just east of Tilburg.
Meanwhile, the family rushed out of the home's backdoor in just their bathrobes, according to a local media outlet.
Authorities responding to a woman's reported assault in a home in Paterswolde found themselves on the defensive when a man opened fire on the investigating officers, police said. One fired back at the suspect, and eventually police managed to corner and arrest the 27-year-old into custody.
Miraculously, there were no injuries reported in the case.
Police were called to the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam Zuid on Friday morning after workers there discovered a suspicious letter matching the appearance of a series of six mail bombs sent to separate locations in the Netherlands over the past week. Authorities arrived at the five-star hotel minutes before 9 a.m., joined by an explosives expert from the police. The Defense ministry's explosives ordinance disposal unit arrived an hour later.
Mail bombs were delivered to five different businesses in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht over the past week, police said on Thursday. Each of the bombs was potentially dangerous, but luckily none of them exploded.
Authorities cautioned the public to be alert for any letters from CIB in Rotterdam. All of the suspicious, bulging letters carried the CIB logo and Wilhelminakade address of debt collection firm Centraal Invorderings Bureau. In each instance, the CIB logo and address were printed on one label, and the recipient's information was printed on a second label.
The health condition of a 36-year-old mother and her 8-year-old daughter, both critically injured in an Arnhem apartment fire, was improving, with both still dealing with serious injuries that were no longer considered life threatening. Two other family members were killed in the fire, the father, 39, and their son, 4.
Damage to private property caused this past New Year's Eve in the Netherlands is expected to reach roughly 15 million euros, but the estimated value is expected rise higher when the extend of damage to commercial property is included. The cost estimate from the Dutch Association of Insurers, which does not include medical expenses due to fireworks-related injuries, is similar to figures released a year ago.
An Ede mortuary expressed anger and confusion on social media after a funeral procession it organized on New Year's Eve was pelted with exploding fireworks. The Gelderland city faced a string of disturbing New Year's incidents against aid workers, which the city's mayor, René Verhulst, said was "terrible and sickening."
The procession had just left the funeral home and was headed towards the cemetery with the funeral director walking in front of the hearse. It was right around noon when "young people shot fireworks at him and the hearse," the Van de Weerd mortuary said.
A shooting at a popular recreation park in Amsterdam left two people injured early Thursday morning. Both victims were found conscious at the scene and were transported to an area hospital.
The gun-related incident was reported just before 4 a.m. on the Valburgdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost. "Once on location at the Gaasperplas parking lot they found two men with gunshot wounds," police said.
By the time police arrived the suspect, or suspects, had fled the scene, possibly by car. No description of the gunman was immediately released.
Three people were seriously injured and nine others were hurt at an apartment complex in The Hague after smoke caused by several car fires billowed into their building. Several people were rescued by firefighters on ladders and aerial platforms as first responders evacuated part of the street.
At least five vehicles parked in a car port on the street showed signs of fire damage. Suffocating clouds of black smoke rose from the street into the apartment windows above, leading to the injuries
Firefighters in the Netherlands responded to 4,340 reported incidents between New Year's Eve and the beginning of New Year's Day. The number corresponds to nearly a three percent increase over the same period last year, though 14 of the 25 emergency services regions showed a decrease.
Two pre-teen boys were being held by police Wednesday afternoon in connection with a fire in Arnhem that left two members of a family dead, and two other family members critically injured. Fireworks were being investigated as the cause of the fatal blaze based on security camera footage recovered at the scene, police said.
Police took the two boys, aged 12 and 13, into custody, police said on social media. They are being held on suspicion of causing a fatal arson.
The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam treated a total of 18 victims who sustained injuries to their eyes due to fireworks by 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. According to the hospital, this was the busiest New Year's in years, NOS reports.
A total of 20 eyes were injured, including 10 that sustained permanent damage. None of the victims wore firework safety glasses, and most incidents involved legal fireworks. The youngest victim is 14 years old. The most other victims are in their 30s.
A 52-year-old man was shot and killed on Buitengasthuisstraat in Zwolle on Tuesday evening. The police are looking for the perpetrator or perpetrators, a spokesperson for the Oost-Nederland police said to NU.nl.
According to the spokesperson, police officers responded to the scene after a report of a stabbing. "A person saw someone lying on the street." But at the scene, they quickly determined that the man had been shot.
First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
At midnight the Netherlands rang in 2020 with firework shows in Rotterdam and The Hague, where the thick fog cleared just in time. While Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said he feared a "wild west party" this New Year's, there were no major incidents. There were, however, a very large number of car fires, especially in The Hague region, and multiple incidents of aid workers and first responders being attacked or harassed, according to various Dutch media.
A man and a 4-year-old boy were killed in a fire in an apartment building in Arnhem early on New Year's morning. A woman and girl were seriously injured, the Gelderland police said on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
The fire started in the entrance hall of the building on Gelderseplein at around 1:00 a.m. The two adults and two children were found in the elevator. Whether it involves a family, is not yet clear.