Last year the Public Prosecutor decided to drop 20 percent of all completed criminal cases, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. Ten years ago, 10 percent of criminal cases were dropped, ANP reports.
A body was found "under suspicious circumstances" in an apartment on Bolestein in Amsterdam-Zuid on Sunday afternoon, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. A suspect was arrested and the police are investigating what happened, according to ANP.
The police went to check the apartment after receiving a report that there was a deceased person in the home.
On Sunday night, the police could not yet comment on the identity of the victim or his or her relationship with the suspect.
A few hundred members of Groningen student association Vindicat vandalized, looted and harassed the staff of a sushi restaurant in the city last week, AD reports.
King Willem-Alexander will visit Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba on Monday to see the aftermath of Hurricane Irma with his own eyes, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said on Curacao on Sunday afternoon, ANP reports.
The coastal provinces of the Netherlands can expect strong winds and heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The institute issued a code yellow warning that is in place until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to the KNMI, some areas may see over 50 millimeters of rain in 24 hours. This could result in flooding. The coastal areas in the west and northwest of the country can also expect winds of around 75 kilometers per hour this afternoon.
Afternoon temperatures will climb to around 17 degrees Celsius.
A professional diver died after getting stuck while working on the sluice complex in the Rijn near Driel on Friday. His lifeless body was released after over an hour by lifting the sluice slightly, AD reports.
A fire department diving team freed the victim's body and brought it out of the water shortly after 1:00 p.m. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate the diver at the scene, but it was to no avail.
The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is investigating what happened.
The Dutch government made money available to provide emergency relief to the Rohingya population fleeing from Myanmar, Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade announced at her meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Amsterdam on Thursday.
"The images on TV say enough. Anxious fathers and mothers fleeing with their children in overcrowded boats. With so much human suffering, we can not remain insensitive and ignore the call of aid organizations to do more", Ploumen said.
A group of Amsterdam residents marched through the Kinkerbuurt on Thursday night to protest against the gentrification of Amsterdam West and the problems caused by tourism, Het Parool reports.
They carried banners and megaphones, shouting slogans like "Amsterdam, not for sale!" and "Who's city, our city!". The procession stopped at various locations, including at Jan Pieter Heijestraat, where there are plans to build a long-stay hotel with apartments, instead of housing.
Four people were injured when a hot air balloon carrying eight people made a crash landing near Zeijerveld around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday. No one sustained serious injuries, according to Dagblad van het Noorden.
The hot air balloon got into trouble due to the bad weather, according to the broadcaster. The 53-year-old operator tried to do an emergency landing several times, but was blown into the air by the strong wind. At one point the balloon crashed into a tree.
The balloon was seized by the police and the aviation police are investigating the accident.
Copper thieves damaged dozens of graves, tombs and memorials at the Emaus Cemetery in Vlaardingen this week by stealing copper tubes from them. The municipality informed the relatives of the affected graves and filed charges with the police, RTV Rijnmond reports.
The graves involved date from the middle of the previous century, the administrator of the cemetery said to the broadcaster. "Back then the trend was to shield graves with poles with copper tubes between them." The poles were torn down and the tubes pulled out.
A woman was injured by an explosion in her Haarlem home on Thursday night. The police are investigating the cause of the explosion, AD reports.
The woman's two children were also at home during the explosion. They were not injured, but were taken to hospital with their mother to be checked over, according to the police. The extent of the woman's injuries is unclear.
The explosion happened in a home on Edward Jennerstraat. The windows on the front of the home were blown out.
Since the establishment of the National Police in 2013, some 3 thousand police officers were placed on long-term sick leave and are now sitting at home with hardly any contact with their employer, Jan Struis, chairman of Dutch police union NPB, said on EenVandaag on Thursday. According to him, many of these cops were put on sick leave after expressing criticism about the police, ANP reports.
A 78-year-old woman was assaulted and left with serious injuries in a home invasion in the Noord-Brabant town of Bladel on Thursday morning. She was taken to hospital with a severe head injury, among other things, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
How long the elderly woman was lying wounded in her Wooninc home on Rondweg before she was found, is unclear. An acquaintance called the police around 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. The woman was conscious and able to speak with the police officers when they arrived.
Queen Maxima was in Mexico when a massive earthquake hit the country at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday local time, 6:49 a.m. on Friday Dutch time. The Dutch queen is safe and unharmed and will be returning to the Netherlands on schedule later today, the Telegraaf reports.