A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested on Monday after publishing a social media post in which he threatened to attack activists with a bomb by blowing himself up as a way of shutting down what he called the "anti-Zwarte Piet movement." He emphasized in the message on Facebook that he "is not joking," and said he wanted to carry out the attack to defend the Sinterklaas tradition as it has been celebrated "for 100 years."
Sex club Escape in Doetinchem will be placed under extra supervision after television show Undercover in Nederland by investigative journalist Alberto Stegeman revealed abuses at the club on Sunday. "We will repeat inspections in the coming period. If something comes to light, the permit will be called into question", Doetinchem mayor Mark Boumans said to De Gelderlander.
The supervisory board of the National Union of Journalists, a leading journalism labour union in the United Kingdom, passed a motion unanimously late last week that encourages reporters and editors covering the Zwarte Piet character in the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration to do so in a non-discriminatory way. Journalists were reminded of the union's Race Reporting Guidelines, which states that publications should not "originate material which encourages discrimination on the grounds of race or colour".
The Montessori College in Arnhem fired one of its teachers for having a relationship with one of their pupils, a 17-year-old girl, the school announced in a letter to parents on Monday. "This is not accepted within education and therefore not within our school. In addition to the termination of employment, we reported this event to various authorities", director Sander Luttje wrote, De Gelderlander reports.
A 63-year-old train conductor was attacked from behind by a man traveling without a ticket in Breda late in September. The man hit her so hard on the back of the head that she immediately lost consciousness. The police are asking for the public's aid in identifying the suspect.
The conductor checked the man's ticket on the international train from Brussels to Amsterdam on September 28th. She found that he did not have a valid ticket. She took his ticket and told him to buy a new one in Breda. The man behaved aggressively towards the conductor and she left the coupe.
Defense attorney Derk Wiersum was watched and followed by multiple cars weeks before he was murdered at his Amsterdam home on September 18th, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
Personnel data from a fruit wholesaler in Hedel, Gelderland accidentally ended up in the criminal file of a major cocaine investigation, the Public Prosecution Service in Oost-Nederland confirmed. In a statement, the Prosecutor said it regrets the state of affairs, stressing that there have never been indications that people were in immediate danger. Nevertheless, dozens of employees of the wholesaler are terrified of reprisals from the criminal underworld, RTL Nieuws reports.
A suspect accused of randomly stabbing four exercising women from a moving vehicle in separate incidents was convicted on Monday. Rene V., 24, was sentenced to six years in prison and additional mandatory treatment at a psychiatric facility.
A group of six people was being held in connection with raising at least 200 thousand euros in donations, much of which was allegedly distributed to help finance terrorism. Four men were arrested in the Netherlands, and two were taken into custody in Belgium, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Monday.
Donors were duped into thinking the money they contributed was being raised with a goal of "providing assistance to war victims," according to the OM. Instead, much of the money was distributed to ISIS fighters in Turkey and Syria in 2013 and 2014, the prosecution alleged.
Dutch police arrested 70 people last week in a cooperative effort to tackle those suspected of mobile banditry, a catch-all term for people who travel around to engage in criminal acts like theft, burglary, fraud, identity fraud, and drug trafficking. The suspects in these cases often work across international borders, requiring assistance from policing agencies like Europol, Interpol, and other national police forces.
Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, authorities at the Port of Rotterdam this year have already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an investigation by De Telegraaf. Some 23 thousand kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the largest port in Europe, a 28 percent increase over the 18 thousand kilograms captured during all of last year.
A fireworks accident in Callantsoog led to the loss of one person’s hand. The incident took place on Saturday night in the Noord-Holland town.
An ambulance was dispatched to the intersection of Nijverheidsweg and Jeweldijk after friends of the victim heard a loud bang from a shed and found the victim covered in blood. When paramedics arrived they found the victim seriously injured after a firework that had been in his hands exploded.
Activists seek personal protection: Protest organization Kick Out Zwarte Piet has scrapped its public schedule after a violent attack on its activists in Den Haag, wrote Nu.nl, and a threat of rioting at the group's planned roundtable discussion in Hengelo. The Hengelo event set for Monday was cancelled by city politicians at the last minute, according to Tubantia.
Five people were arrested in Den Haag on Friday night, accused of attempted arson and a violent assault against anti-Zwarte Piet activists meeting there, police said. Dozens of people were gathered in the former school building to discuss their activism against the use of blackface and racist caricatures in the Netherlands, when dozens more tried to storm the facility.
A possible explosion at a block of flats in Eindhoven has left residents shaken and concerned for their safety. Police told NL Times the apparent blast during the early morning hours on Saturday could have been caused by a heavy explosive, like a hand grenade or a Cobra-6 firework.
Whatever was detonated created a force strong enough to completely shatter the front door window of a three-flat building, said a resident there who wished to remain anonymous. She said pieces of debris went flying, tearing up the walls, interior doors including the entry to her apartment, and closets.
The leader of an Amsterdam mosque believes someone with bad intentions deliberately sliced an audio cable on the building's rooftop to prevent the religious group's first call-to-prayer from being amplified by an outdoor loudspeaker. The Blauw Moskee was set to announce the beginning of a prayer service just before 1 p.m., but visitors and passers-by were met only with the street noise typical of any Amsterdam Nieuw-West neighborhood.
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok came out against his fellow conservative VVD party members on Friday, saying he was opposed to any suggestion that Dutch people who joined ISIS should receive capital punishment in Iraq. Some MPs in the party, which is led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, said that Dutch enemy combatants should face trial in Iraq where they would be eligible for the death penalty.
"That can be the ultimate consequence," said Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, a VVD parliamentarian, according to the ANP newswire.
Police in the Netherlands continued a large-scale search on Friday for a woman missing since October 27. Karin Heemskerk, 51, was last seen leaving her Leiden home at 11:45 p.m.
"Since then, there is no trace of her," police said in a statement. After investigating the case, authorities decided to search the area between Leiden, Vlietland, and Voorschoten.
A team of over seventy people were conducting the search on Friday. Police were to be joined by the Veterans Search Team, volunteers with experience in policing and the military.
The police arrested three more suspects in connection with a police officer being knocked unconscious during a wedding procession in Rotterdam in August. The suspects are the 22-year-old groom, and the bride's 54-year-old father and 43-year-old mother, NOS reports.
Police arrested a 33-year-old Rotterdam man in connection with a fatal shooting on Wednesday night. Police did not say if the suspect is believed to have pulled the trigger in an attack on a car on the Pusebocht in Rotterdam-Zuid between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The victim was in a light-colored Opel Astra, witnesses said, when a gunman approached wearing dark clothing. He fired between six and eight shots and ran from the scene, according to newspaper AD.
Anthony B. was sentenced to 40 months in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for child sex abuse and child pornography. The court found him guilty of sexually abusing 24 predominantly minor victims in the Gelderland village of Alem, De Gelderlander reports.
An 18-year-old man from Amsterdam was sentenced to 18 months in prison, four of which conditionally suspended, by the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The court found him guilty of hanging a hand grenade on an outer wall of football club ADO's supporters home in The Hague. Two other men were acquitted, NU.nl reports.
Dutch bankruptcy attorney Philippe Schol was still in recovery on Thursday after he was struck by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Germany. The second high-profile shooting of a Dutch attorney in two months stunned police, prosecutors, and the Minister of Justice and Security.
Police in Venlo arrested four men accused of ripping off the Holland Casino location there. The suspects were also persons of interest in similar crimes investigated by Interpol, and may have targeted other casinos in Europe including in the Netherlands.
Officers said the suspects tried to manipulate the results of an automatic roulette machine by first breaking the lid, then lifting the glass off the game. “After that, the ball was probably stopped in the ‘right’ box after which it registered a ‘win,’” police said in a statement.