After a mass shooting in a tram in Utrecht on March 18th, the police responded quickly and effectively and acted according to prepared plans and protocols, according to an evaluation by an internal committee on the handling of the shooting. While the committee largely praised the police's actions, it concluded that there is room for improvement - especially when it comes to information exchange during crisis communication.
All eight suspects arrested last week on suspicion of gang-raping at least three teenage girls in Den Bosch, have been released from custody. Two were released last week. And on Monday the magistrate ruled that there is not enough evidence to hold the other six. The Public Prosecution Service disagrees with this and will appeal against the ruling.
On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.
Marco Kroon was sentenced on Monday by the Arnhem military court to a hundred hours of community service for accusations of headbutting a male cop, and exposing himself and wagging his genitalia at a female police officer. Kroon, a major in a Dutch Army special forces unit who was knighted by Princess Beatrix when she was the country's queen, denied that he intentionally headbutted one officer.
Dutch banking institution Rabobank said it has no plans to dismantle its cash machines on a wide-scale basis after robbers made two separate attempts to use explosives to break into the bank's ATMs early Monday morning. Just last week, police said that other banks' cash machines would be targeted more frequently after ABN Amro decided to remove 470 of its own ATMs across the country.
A report by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) has revised the country's threat level assessment down to level 3 from level 4. The threat of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is assessed on a five-point scale, with threat level 5 being the most severe and imminent.
Police in the Netherlands announced on Monday the arrest of a 25-year-old Rotterdam man in connection with the discovery of 2,019 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. The arrest took place weeks ago on November 27 after the cocaine was found in a sea container by Belgian customs officials, Dutch police said.
The cocaine was found in a shipment of fertilizer that originated in Colombia. The container was destined for the Netherlands.
Nitrous oxide will become a controlled substance under the Opium Act in the Netherlands to curb the growing use of the chemical compound more commonly known as laughing gas. The substance will be added to the "List II" classification under the law, alongside drugs like hashish, diazepam, lorazepam and butabarbital, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport said in a statement.
Officers responding to a reported brawl in the Noord-Holland town of Laren said they were forced to shoot one of the people involved in the fight. It happened shortly after police arrived at the scene, police said.
"When the officers wanted to intervene, some suspects turned against the police," the police department said in a statement. "One of the officers was attacked in such a way that he had to pull the service weapon and then shoot the assailant."
The medical condition of a five-year-old boy who was pulled from the rubble of a building explosion is improving. Kenan was saved after a five-hour ordeal in Coevorden, Drenthe on Saturday by emergency responders and specialists.
"This afternoon I received a message from a happy family that Kenan is doing well," wrote Coevorden mayor Bert Bouwmesster on Twitter. "He is no longer in intensive care and is likely to leave the hospital in a few days."
A five-year-old boy who was trapped under the rubble of a snack bar which blew up on Saturday was rescued five hours after the explosion. The boy, known as Kenan, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, according to authorities in Drenthe.
He is the son of the snack bar's owner, according to RTL Nieuws. He was in communication with emergency workers during his ordeal, but it is not clear if that was still true several hours into the ordeal.
The boy's father, who owns the Ali Baba grill cafe, was taken to the hospital soon after the explosion.
The police are looking for a young man who stole drugs from an unmarked police car in Hilversum on September 9th. After giving the suspect time to turn himself in, the police now released video showing his face.
At around 1:45 p.m. on Monday, September 9th, police officers were arresting a suspect on Soestdijkerstraatweg in Hilversum. They seized drugs, a telephone and money from the suspect and placed these in an unmarked police car.
A Dutch prisoner is suspected of cutting his cellmate's throat in the St. Gilles prison in Brussels on Thursday. The body was discovered when the Dutch man was brought back to his cell after a session with the prison psychiatrist, AD reports.
The victim was an Algerian man who was convicted of a crime, but declared unaccountable due to his mental state. The Dutch man also has a history of psychiatric problems and is in custody awaiting his trial for theft, according to the newspaper.
Sinterklaas and two blackface Zwarte Piet characters were harassed on Laakweg in The Hague on Thursday evening. A group of young people followed them shouting things like "Get out Zwarte Piet" and "No racism in Laak".
A video of the incident was shared on social media. The young people can be heard shouting, translated from Dutch: "No racism brother. One for all, all for one". One of the young men threw something at Sinterklaas and pushed him, causing him to stumble.
The Sinterklaas and Pieten seemingly ignored the group and just kept walking.
A man was arrested for abducting his 11-year-old daughter from her primary school in Lelystad on Thursday afternoon, triggering an Amber Alert. The man does not have custody of the child, NOS reports.
The girl and her father were found in the center of Lelystad around 30 minutes after the Amber Alert was issued on Thursday. The girl was in good health, the police said.
A 23-year-old man was arrested in Ede on Thursday evening for causing dangerous traffic situations by using laughing gas while driving. The man was using laughing gas while being chased by the police, and even filmed the police chase - all while driving a car, the police said.
A group of Dutch women currently trapped in detention- and refugee camps in Syria are turning to the Supreme Court in a final attempt to force the Netherlands to help bring their children and themselves back to the country. In cassation, their lawyers hope to show that the court cannot force them to be abandoned to their fate in Syrian detention, AD reports.
The punishments judges in the Netherlands imposed last year were 11 percent higher than 20 years ago, according to a study by the Council for the Judiciary. Perpetrators of violent crimes and sex crimes in particular are punished more harshly, while drug crimes are punished less harshly.
Unrest reigns among students in Leiden after multiple sexual assaults and a rape in the city center in a short time. 22-year-old Lindey van Weers, who just graduated as a nurse, think the city is not doing enough to protect its young women. "On behalf of all the women from Leiden: please do something!" she wrote in an open letter on Facebook, addressed to mayor Henri Lenferink.
A statue commemorating the millions of people who died from AIDS was vandalized in Amsterdam, just four days after the pink 3D-printed statue was unveiled on Beursplein on Sunday. Employees of the Aidsfonds found the statue broken on Thursday evening, NOS reports.
"The statue was broken off at the knees and we assume vandalism", director Mark Vermeulen said to the broadcaster. "We are deeply shocked." The foundation reported the vandalism to the police.
A woman from the United Kingdom recently got a pleasant surprise. The Amsterdam police sent her back her phone that was stolen in the Dutch capital - nearly three years ago.
The woman posted a photo of the returned phone, and accompanying letter from the Amsterdam police, on Twitter on Tuesday.
"My phone was stolen in Amsterdam in February 2017 and I just got a l just got a letter through the post," she wrote. "The Dutch police have found and returned it almost 3 years later. Fair fucking play. Big up."
A 40-year-old man from Almere is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in a home in his hometown in June. The trial against Kamil O. will start on February 26th, the court said during a case status hearing on Wednesday. The victim is Parus Pillay, a 43-year-old body-builder from Durban in South Africa, according to South African media.
South Africa extradited a Nigerian man suspected of abducting the crew of a Dutch cargo ship and holding them hostage for over a month. Itoruboemi Benson Lobia was immediately arrested when he arrived at Schipol Airport at round 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, NOS reports.
Police in Spain are looking for a 29-year-old Dutch man in connection with the fatal shooting of a French man in Cabopino, Marbella. The man in his 60's was gunned down on the street at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday when he was walking to his car, according to local newspaper Diario Sur.
The newspaper said the Dutch suspect, an alleged contract killer, is well known by police in the area, and should be considered “very dangerous.” He was described as being 1.80-meters tall, thin, and having a beard. There was no description of the second suspect involved in the shooting.