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Spanish police
Aug 15 '19 07:34

A 25-year-old Dutch woman was gang raped in Spain over the weekend, she reported to the police. She is currently receiving psychological aid. "She is doing well medically, but it is a terrible event with great emotional impact", a police spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

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Aug 14 '19 08:22

A 39-year-old cyclist was hit by a car on Claes de Vrieselaan in Rotterdam on Tuesday evening. He died in hospital a short time later. The motorist that hit him fled the scene of the accident, but the police managed to arrest him later, the police said in a statement.

The hit-and-run happened at around 9:30 p.m. The cyclist was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to hospital. The man succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Femke Halsema
Aug 14 '19 08:06

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's son was arrested in July. He was caught in connection with an armed burglary, and police officers in the city fear that the case will be covered up, the Telegraaf wrote on Wednesday. That is not what happened, the mayor argued in a public letter and translated below.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Aug 13 '19 07:53

The entire city council of Amsterdam wants an emergency debate on measures against gun violence after a series of shootings in the city over the past weeks. There were five shooting incidents in Amsterdam over the past four days. "Firearms and violence do not fit in our city. We therefore want to express our horror at the increasing violence", the party leaders in the city council said in a joint statement, AT5 reports.

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Aug 13 '19 07:26

A pram was hit by a car in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. The child inside was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The driver involved left the scene of the accident and the police are looking for them.

The accident happened at around 2:50 p.m. on the corner of Jan van Galenstraat and Jan Tooropstraat. The pram was hit by a silver-gray Volkswagen, according to the police. Police officers searched the area after the hit-and-run, but found no trace of the driver.

Crime scene tape
Aug 12 '19 08:29

A hand grenade was found in front of a home on Snodenhoekpark in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday evening, the police confirmed to AT5.

The police responded to the scene at around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, after receiving a report that a possible explosive was left at the home's door. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department was called in to investigate. The area around the home was cordoned off while the explosive was examined and safely removed.

A crowd of people at the Sziget festival in Budapest, Hungary, August 2015
Aug 12 '19 08:01

Two Dutch men were arrested at the Sziget festival in Hungary over the weekend on suspicion of drug dealing. Local news site 444 called the arrest the "biggest drug bust ever" at the festival. 

A total of 451 bottles of narcotics, 128 grams of cannabis and a kilogram of ecstasy pills were confiscated from the 21- and 22-year-old suspects, according to NU.nl. The drugs have a street value of around 15 thousand euros. The police also found over 500 price lists on the suspects and at the festival, 444 reports.

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Aug 12 '19 07:36

Monday will be wet and dreary in the Netherlands, with thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and the Wadden islands.

Fallen tree
Aug 10 '19 18:51

One person was killed, and separately a portion of the AFAS Stadion roof collapsed as heavy winds gripped the Netherlands on Saturday. Wind gusts in IJmuiden, at the North Sea coast, even topped 104 kilometers per hour.

A bicyclist died at about 2:30 p.m. in Linschoten, Utrecht, when the heavy winds toppled a tree, which sent it crashing down on a bike path along the Haardijk. The tree struck the victim, a 58-year-old man from Lopik, a town 15 kilometers away from the accident.

Amsterdam Flag
Aug 9 '19 23:37

A whirlwind passed across the center of Amsterdam on Friday night, catching many of the city's residents and tourists completely off guard. There were no known injuries in the immediate aftermath, with just a handful of damage reports following the 9:15 p.m. weather incident.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Aug 9 '19 21:18

Flights destined for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were facing mounting delays on Friday night after new troubles arose with the airport's refuelling system. "Arrival rate has been reduced drastically and delays are now extremely high," Eurocontrol said in a bulletin at 8:20 p.m. The organization later said the refueling system was "out of service due to technical issues until further notice."

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Aug 9 '19 09:22

The partners of Dutch fighter pilots who were active in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in 2017, were harassed at home during this period. They received repeated, unpleasant phone calls from people with a Russian accent who asked whether their men should not rather leave the area, among other things, the Telegraaf reports.

Military intelligence service MIVD told the newspaper that it is familiar with this practice, but would not say anything further about it. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Aug 9 '19 08:15

A man was shot on Hogevecht in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday evening. He died in hospital a short time later. 

The shooting happened at around 7:15 p.m., the police said in a statement. The victim was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Het Parool identifies the victim as J. Curiel, a man from Amsterdam who has a criminal record, but is not known as a serious criminal. According to the newspaper, he was convicted in the past of a burglary and a mugging, among other things.

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Aug 9 '19 07:43

A total of 2,964 people died during the July week in which a record breaking heatwave hit the Netherlands. That is almost 400 more deaths than in an average summer week, Statistics Netherlands reported based on preliminary figures.

Spanish police
Aug 8 '19 08:10

The Spanish police arrested a 40-year-old Dutch man in Marbella who was wanted for assault. He tried to avoid his arrest by posing as a diplomat from the Central African Republic, the Telegraaf reports.

The police confronted the man because he matched the description of a Dutch man who was wanted for assault. The man presented a document that looked like a diplomatic passport from the Central African Republic, saying that he could not be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity.

Closer inspection showed that the passport was fake. 

Waterfall in the Sapadere Canyon in Alanya, Turkey
Aug 8 '19 07:57

A Dutch tourist was killed in an accident during a jeep excursion in the Turkish resort town of Alanya. Eleven others, including three Dutch, were injured. Travel organization Corendon "has customers who have had an accident", the company confirmed to RTL Nieuws.

According to local media, the tourists were on the way to the Sapadere Canyon by jeep on Tuesday afternoon when the accident happened. The jeep went off the road and ended up up-side-down in a ravine. 

Maasstad Hospital
Aug 8 '19 07:42

Emergency services in Rotterdam responded en masse to the Maasstad Hospital on Wednesday night after a woman showed up at the GP station with symptoms of Ebola. A few hours later, just after midnight, the local safety office announced that it was a false alarm - the woman does not have the highly contagious disease, NOS reports.

Police guard in a detention center
Aug 7 '19 08:40

A 25-year-old man from Eindhoven was arrested on suspicion of raping a 23-year-old French woman in Eindhoven and a 15-year-old girl in Valkenswaard over the past week. He is also suspected of attempting to rape a third victim, who managed to get away from him, the police said in a statement.

Child with teddy bear
Aug 7 '19 08:06

The judges in family court are very concerned about the waiting lists for youth protection. Some families have to wait months for youth care workers to become available. Vulnerable children become the victims of staff shortages, the judges warned, RTL Nieuws reports.

Dutch police car
Aug 7 '19 07:33

A pregnant woman was assaulted at the kiss-and-ride of music festival Vunzige Deuntjes in Amstelveen on Saturday, July 20th. The police are looking for witnesses.

At around 5:15 p.m., the woman dropped someone off at the kiss-and-ride of the festival in the Amsterdamse Bos. When she drove back, a group of around eight young men were on the road ahead of her. A number of them did not get out of the road and one of them was bumped by the car.

Rainbow flags hanging on a building in Amsterdam
Aug 6 '19 08:58

A gay couple was harassed by an Uber driver in Amsterdam on Sunday. They were holding hands in the Uber, on their way home from Pride Amsterdam, when the driver insulted them and spat on them, they said, NOS reports.

Office space
Aug 6 '19 08:31

More than 80 percent of people in the Netherlands struggle with stress caused by financial problems, divorce, a sick parent, or a fight in the work place, according to Zorg van de Zaak. This type of stress often leads to absenteeism at work. The organization is therefore launching a campaign to draw more attention of the psychological and physical consequences of stress, and to break through the taboo of speaking about it, NOS reports.

Rainbow flag
Aug 6 '19 07:59

A lesbian couple was beaten up by two men on a scooter in Amsterdam city center early on Saturday morning. They were walking hand-in-hand on Zandstraat, a narrow alley near Zuiderkerk, at around 5:00 a.m. after a night out when they were attacked, Het Parool reports.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Aug 5 '19 13:41

On Monday the court in Amsterdam sentenced Sjonny W. to 14 years and five months in prison, with institutionalized psychiatric treatment, for the murder of Mirela Mos in 2004. The man was acquitted of killing Sabrina Oosterbeek and Moinque Roossien. According to the court, there is not enough evidence to prove that W. was also involved in these two women's murders, NU.nl reports.

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