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Child with teddy bear
Apr 2 '19 08:39

The number of reports filed with the Netherlands hotline for child pornography nearly doubled last year when compared to 2017. The hotline received 163,430 reports about images, videos and websites containing child pornography in 2018, the expertise agency on online child sexual abuse EOKM said in its annual report, ANP reports.

Police officer being treated by a paramedic
Apr 2 '19 08:16

Last year there were 10,593 incidents of violence against police officers in the Netherlands, the police said in a statement. That is a significant increase compared to the 9,101 violent incidents Dutch cops faced in 2017.

Bible-706658
Apr 2 '19 07:42

The diocese of Haarlem wants priest Pierre Valkering to temporarily lay down his priestly duties. On Sunday the Amsterdam priest came out of the closet during a mass in honor of his 25 year anniversary at the Vredeskerk in the Dutch capital, NOS reports.

Bunk beds
Apr 1 '19 08:31

The Dutch government must do more against child asylum seekers disappearing from asylum centers. Over the past five years, 60 minor Vietnamese asylum seekers disappeared from Dutch asylum centers under dubious circumstances, and nothing seems to be done about it, National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Herman Bolhaar said to Nieuwsuur.

Chemical Marketer in the port of Antwerp
Apr 1 '19 07:53

A tanker and a cruise ship collided on the Westerschelde near Terneuzen during the early hours of Monday morning. Multiple people sustained minor injuries. One was taken to hospital by ambulance, the others were treated at the scene, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zeeland said on Twitter.

Cruise ship Viking Indun and tanker Chemical Marketer collided around midnight. Both ships were damaged, but as the damage happened above the water line, neither of them took on water. 

Apr 1 '19 07:30

One person sustained minor injuries when a fire broke out in a container home for students on Odeonstraat in Almere on Monday morning. 36 container homes were evacuated. Initial reports said that someone was trapped inside the burning container home, but that turned out not to be the case, NOS reports.

Handcuffs
Mar 31 '19 18:22

A football linesman was arrested on Saturday after he knocked a goalkeeper unconscious during a match. The 34-year-old man from Haarlem was one of the officials during a match between Hoofddorp club VV UNO and S.V. Geel-Wit, a team from Haarlem. He was also a player for one of the Haarlem team's squads.

Hugo de Jonge
Mar 29 '19 09:03

Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health thinks it is a "good idea" for municipalities to keep pro-life protesters at an appropriate distance from abortion clinics. He supports municipalities who want to protect the women going to these clinics by creating buffer zones around the clinics. "I am in contact with the municipalities and the clinics about that", the Minister said, AD reports.

Amsterdam
Mar 29 '19 08:21

Dutch people are increasingly concerned about the society and the way people in the Netherlands treat each other, as well as about the economy, according to the quarterly report on the mood in the Netherlands by social and cultural planning office SCP, the Volkskrant reports.

According to the SCP,  35 percent of Dutch are concerned about the way people are living together in the Netherlands, with some saying they experience a growing intolerance. The same percentage are concerned about immigration and integration, and 31 percent are concerned about the economy.

A drawing of a crying Nijntje with the condolence register for the 24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht's city hall
Mar 29 '19 07:43

The son of a 74-year-old man from De Meern, who passed away on Thursday afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a mass shooting in Utrecht, called the pain his father suffered over the past days "indescribable".

Essenburgstraat in Rotterdam
Mar 28 '19 17:00

The suspect accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl outside of her school in Rotterdam late last year wanted to kidnap her, not kill her, the prosecution is expected to detail in court next week. Bekir E. was arrested for gunning down Humeyra Oz on Dec. 18 at Designcollege, a crime which he confessed to in January

Flowers and candles left at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht on 18 March 2019
Mar 28 '19 16:29

A 74-year-old man has died from injuries sustained at a mass shooting in Utrecht earlier this month. The unnamed victim, from De Meern in Utrecht province, died on Thursday, according to the Public Prosecutor's office (OM).

Sea lock at IJmuiden
Mar 28 '19 13:50

The Netherlands' tunnels, bridges, locks and flood defenses are not sufficiently protected against cyber attacks, the Court of Audit concluded in a report published on Thursday. The Court advises the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to make cyber security on these essential parts of Dutch infrastructure a priority. 

Teen girl with her school bag
Mar 28 '19 08:41

27 percent of girls in secondary special education say that they were forced to engage in sexual acts at least once, compared to around 7 percent of girls in mainstream education, Rutgers and Soa Aids Netherlands reported on Thursday. This concerns pupil from so-called cluster 4 schools, intended for children with serious behavioral problems or mental health problems, NU.nl reports.

Stethoscope
Mar 28 '19 08:19

The psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder where Michael P. was being prepared for his return to society when he raped and killed Anne Faber, did not treat him based on his history of sexual offenses, the Volkskrant reports based on sources around the Dutch Safety Board report on this case that was presented on Thursday. When he was transferred from prison, the clinic was insufficiently informed about P.'s sex crime past. But the clinic also did not do a risk profile on the man, the newspaper writes. 

Mar 28 '19 07:39

The canteen of football clubs V.V. Deltasport and Cion on Kooikersweg in Vlaardingen was completely destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning. The building has since collapsed. At around 5:30 a.m. the fire department said that the building can no longer be saved, but emergency services did manage to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjacent gallery, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Police at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Mar 27 '19 08:41

So far the police received 850 tips regarding a mass shooting in Utrecht last week Monday, a police spokesperson said on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. Due to the high number of tips, the police have not yet been able to make personal contact with every caller, but they will, the spokesperson said.

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Mar 27 '19 08:17

Earlier this month the Netherlands and Australia had a first meeting with Russia about the country's liability in the MH17 disaster, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne revealed in a press conference in Australia. Both Ministers stressed that they are doing everything in their power to get justice to the victims of the disaster, NOS reports.

busje-forensische-opsporing
Mar 27 '19 07:54

New evidence has been found showing that police detectives falsified evidence in the case surrounding the murder of Jacqueline Wittenberg in Deventer in 1999, the Volkskrant reports based on a recently surfaced CD with more than 150 photos and reports from the criminal investigation. According to the newspaper, exculpatory fingerprints were left out, a victim photo with an exculpatory bloodstain was removed, and crucial passages were left out of the police report.

Utrecht Central Station
Mar 26 '19 10:57

Train traffic around Amsterdam and Utrecht is currently seriously disrupted due to a train colliding with a person. NS warns of severe delays that will last at least until 12:30 p.m.

Child with teddy bear
Mar 26 '19 08:23

The problems in youth aid, youth protection, youth mental health care, and appropriate educate are becoming bigger and bigger. As a result, vulnerable children often do not get the help they need, Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer said in a letter to Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police at the scene of a stabbing on Passage in Amsterdam Zuidoost, 25 March 2019
Mar 26 '19 07:52

A person was seriously injured in a stabbing incident on Passage in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Monday night, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. The victim was taken to hospital.

The police responded to the scene shortly before midnight. The area was cordoned off as a crime scene.

According to the police, the suspect is a young man between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. He was wearing a black jacket with hood at the time of the stabbing. The police are still looking for him. 

Handcuffs
Mar 26 '19 07:28

On Monday the police arrested a 21-year-old woman from Nijmegen for involvement in threats made against FvD leader Thierry Baudet during an anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam on Saturday. 

Over the weekend, videos filmed at the protest were posted online, showing a protester with a scarf over their face singing: "If you want to shoot Thierry, then say bang."

Part of Maastricht's historic city wall collapsed, 23 March 2019
Mar 25 '19 08:39

Part of Maastricht's historic city wall collapsed along the Sint Pieterskade on Saturday night. The few meters high city wall collapsed over a width of 6 meters. The cause is not yet clear. Maastricht plans to quickly rebuild the estimated five-century-old wall, responsible alderman Gert-Jan Krabbendam said on Sunday, NU.nl reports.

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