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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.

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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.

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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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Mar 25 '19 07:53

A resident of Van Harenstraat in Leeuwarden found a hand grenade in his garden on Sunday morning. The explosive was disarmed by experts from the Ministry of Defense and removed from the scene, the Friesland police said on Twitter.

The explosive was discovered at around 9:30 a.m. According to the police, investigation quickly showed that the grenade posed no danger to the environment. The Defense explosive experts were still called in as a precaution.

The police are investigating how the grenade came to be in the Van Harenstraat garden. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 25 '19 07:44

"Unacceptable", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said about threats made against FvD leader Thierry Baudet after the nationalist party's major win in the Provincial States elections last week. All politicians must be able to perform their duties in safety and freedom, Rutte said to the Telegraaf. "Democracy is not easy, but it is a valuable possession.

Comité 21 maart anti-racism protest
Mar 23 '19 19:00

Nearly ten thousand people rallied in Amsterdam on Saturday calling for an end to racism and divisiveness in Dutch politics. The event began on Dam Square and then progressed to the monument on Daniël Meijerplein, but counter-protestors along the way were arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace.

Silent march to honor 24 Oktoberplein Utrecht shooting
Mar 22 '19 21:00

The victims of a mass shooting in Utrecht on Monday were commemorated with a silent march in the city on Friday. The 16 thousand attendees included Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security, Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema, Den Haag mayor Pauline Krikken, and Rotterdam's Deputy Mayor Bert Wijbenga.

Gökmen T. suspected in the Utrecht shooting on Oktoberplein
Mar 22 '19 16:15

The 37-year-old man suspected of opening fire on a tram in Utrecht on Monday, killing three people, confessed to the attack, the Public Prosecutor's office (OM) said on Friday. Meanwhile the release was ordered in the case of the 40-year-old resident of the home where Gokmen T. was arrested. 

T. was remanded into custody for two weeks in a hearing earlier that day. "He also stated that he acted alone. In light of the investigation, no comment can be given regarding his statement," the OM said.

Police officer at a train station
Mar 22 '19 08:31

A 41-year-old man was arrested for strangling a female conductor on the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem on Thursday. He attacked the conductor after he pulled down his own pants and fondled his genitals, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The man was traveling without a ticket. When the conductor noticed and addressed him on it, he pulled up his shirt, pulled down his pants and started fondling his genitals. The conductor stepped away to call for assistance, but the man grabbed her from behind and started to strangle her.

A voter walking into a polling station in Amsterdam Oost, 20 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 08:02

With the highest turnout in 30 years and a new party suddenly becoming the biggest in the Netherlands, the Provincial States election turned out to be an exciting one. The voters who brought nationalist, right-wing party from 0 to 12 seats in the Senate were mainly older, white men.

Tram 7 crosses Verbindingsdam in Amsterdam Oost, with fog obscuring the buildings on KNSM Island, 22 March 2019
Mar 22 '19 07:25

Friday started out foggy, but by the afternoon there should be sunshine throughout the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for a large part of the country, warning that visibility may be reduced to 200 meters in some areas.

The warning is in effect for al provinces except Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen and the Wadden Islands. The fog should dissipate by 10:00 a.m. "Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe following distance", the KNMI warns. 

Gökmen T.
Mar 21 '19 11:39

The police found no indications that suspected gunman Gokmen T. received help from other people in the shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht on Monday. He acted alone with terrorist intent, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

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Mar 21 '19 08:38

Amsterdam subway station Ganzenhoef was badly damaged in an ATM bombing on Thursday morning. The blast shattered the windows at the entrance of the station and loosened many ceiling plates. The target of the bombing was the ATM at the entrance of the subway station in Zuidoost, NOS report.

The station is currently closed. The police and explosive experts are investigating whether any explosives were left behind. 

Crime scene tape
Mar 21 '19 08:18

A man was killed in a shooting on Oranjeboomstraat in Rotterdam Zuid on Wednesday evening. Emergency services responded to the scene at around 10:20 p.m., after reports of screaming and a man with a bullet wound lying on the street, a spokesperson for the police told NU.nl.

Paramedics tried to help the man, but it was to no avail. He succumbed to his injuries around 30 minutes after emergency services arrived. The identity of the victim is not yet known. 

Thierry Baudet
Mar 21 '19 08:04

FvD leader Thierry Baudet believes that his party's victory in the Provincial States election is punishment for the "arrogance and stupidity" of the Netherlands' current leaders. In his victory speech he emphasized that FvD is now one of the largest parties in the country, and that a change has been set in motion. "Economic and political capitulation is coming to an end", he said, NOS reports.

Flevoland voting passes for the 2019 Provincial States election, 20 March 2019
Mar 20 '19 23:00

Voter turnout was up substantially in the country's provincial election on Wednesday, compared with turnout in 2015. Some 57.9 percent of eligible voters showed up at polling places, up from 47.8 percent four years earlier, according to RTL Nieuws.

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