Amsterdam

Insiya Hemani
Mar 7 '19 11:00

The court in Noord-Holland awarded sole custody of abducted Amsterdam girl Insiya Hemani to her mother Nadia Rashid. The court revoked father Shehzad Hemani's custody in a civil lawsuit filed by the Child Care and Protection Board last month, according to the recently published ruling, NOS reports.

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Mar 7 '19 10:10

A 30-year-old man arrested recently arrested for scamming multiple women by posing as the 'ideal marriage candidate', is almost certainly the father of a newborn baby found dead in bushes along the Sloterplas in Amsterdam in 2016, Het Parool reports. A spokesperson for the police confirmed this to RTL Nieuws.

The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam
Mar 7 '19 08:53

The Netherlands' national museum for world cultures NMVW will generously return art taken through colonial theft to their countries of origin. The museum will not wait for claims, but is actively searching its own collections for objects that qualify for restitution, Trouw and NRC report.

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Mar 6 '19 11:50

The Public Prosecutor suspects that 22-year-od Mehmet A. from Tiel, a police officer in training in Amsterdam, was deliberately stationed with the police to pass on information to the underworld, the Prosecutor said in the trial against the man on Tuesday. A. is suspected of selling confidential police information to criminals. The Prosecutor demanded 45 months in prison and a ban on performing a public function for 8 years against the man, AT5 reports. 

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Mar 6 '19 10:10

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of scamming multiple women throughout the Netherlands. According to the police, the man pretended to be 'the ideal marriage candidate' and then stole tens of thousands of euros from the women. The Amsterdam police are looking for more women who may have fallen victim to the Gelderland man's scheme, NU.nl reports.

Primary school classroom
Mar 5 '19 08:52

Amsterdam is tackling the teacher shortage in the city with extra parking permits, a larger travel allowance, money for teachers coming from other professions, scholarships to improve teams in schools, and 10 thousand euros per director for support, education alderman Marjolein Moorman announced on Monday, Het Parool reports.

The exterior of the Smoke Palace and the connected flats showed signs of extensive damage after an explosive was detonated in front of the building. Linnaeusstraat, 4 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 17:20

As rush hour came to a close Monday morning in the Dapperbuurt, the Amsterdam Oost neighborhood largely felt like it had returned to business as usual. With smiles on their faces, the regulars streamed into Cafe Kuijper for their 9 a.m. coffee even as renovation crews were hard at work repairing the damage in the neighborhood from a weekend explosion.

R. Kelly after he was arrested in Chicago, 2019
Mar 4 '19 17:19

The R. Kelly concert scheduled in Amsterdam next month has been cancelled, the venue The Box announced in a statement on Monday. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on February 22, where he faces ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage at the time.

An explosion outside the Smoke Palace on Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam Oost shattered apartment windows around the block, 3 March 2019
Mar 4 '19 16:40

A second explosion at coffeeshop Smoke Palace on Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday, seems to be aimed at Mustapha el Y., the brother of Smoke Palace owner Mohamed, Het Parool reports based on information from sources. Mustapha el Y. is on an underworld death list and his own company was targeted in the past, according to the newspaper.

Arrest
Mar 4 '19 13:20

Caba D., the Hungarian-Serbian man suspected of assassinating 62-year-old Ivan Serdarusic in a restaurant in Amsterdam in July last year, was arrested by a special police team in Prague on Friday, the Dutch police announced in a statement. 

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Mar 4 '19 08:06

Amsterdam is still the city in the Netherlands with the highest crime figures, according to newspaper AD's annual crime monitor Misdaadmeter. Neighboring municipality Diemen is catching up to the Dutch capital, moving from the 26th most unsafe municipality in 2017 to the 8th last year. Limburg counts four municipalities in the top 10 least safe, AD reports.

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Mar 3 '19 10:30

An explosion outside a coffee shop in Amsterdam Oost on Sunday morning prompted officials to evacuate several buildings in the area. The blast was the second to take place near the Smoke Palace in the last six weeks.

No injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath on Linnaeusstraat, were the incident took place.

Garbage truck
Mar 1 '19 16:00

This coming year the municipal housing costs will increase by an average of 3.4 percent. In 73 municipalities those costs are increasing by more than 10 percent. The waste tax in particular is increasing significantly, according to homeowners association VEH, NU.nl reports.

On average the municipal housing costs, which include waste tax and sewage tax, amount to 774 euros. Homeowners in Bloemendaal face the highest costs. Property owners there have to pay an average of 1,330 euros to their municipality, 200 euros more than last year.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Mar 1 '19 14:56

Prosecutors in the Willem Holleeder murder trial have demanded life imprisonment for the notorious defendant. Holleeder, an alleged organized crime mastermind, is accused of ordering or otherwise taking part in the murders of five different men, and also manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and running a criminal enterprise.

One prosecutor, Sabine Tammes, said Holleder was driven entirely by greed no matter what consequences befell his victims and their relations. "In the end, it was always about money," she said.

Rolex.suit
Mar 1 '19 14:20

Since the past summer, over 60 people have been violently robbed of their Rolex watches in Amsterdam. The thieves often strike in the evening hours, overpowering victims on the street and robbing them of their expensive watches, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Femke Halsema
Mar 1 '19 13:30

A new neighborhood in IJburg in Amsterdam is very nearly done, but Mayor Femke Halsema and the committee that advises the mayor on names for new streets and squares in the Dutch capital can still not settle on what to call the new neighborhood's streets, the Volkskrant reports.

Amsterdam aims to do justice to the diversity of the city in its street names. Mayor Halsema repeatedly rejected suggestions from the committee for naming public spaces CNOR, she said to the city council on Thursday. 

Hard hat
Feb 28 '19 08:10

Up until 2022 another 10,500 homes and rooms will be built for students and young people in Amsterdam and surrounding region - 9 thousand in Amsterdam and 1,500 in the surrounding municipalities, the city of Amsterdam announced. 

Patrick van Dillenburg
Feb 27 '19 12:50

The Amsterdam police arrested a 49-year-old man from Nederhemert on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement in the disappearance of Patrick van Dillenburg in Amsterdam in 2002, the police said in a statement.

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Feb 27 '19 11:10

A tourist was hit by a car on an exit from the A2 in Amsterdam on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital. She was under the influence, NOS reports.

How seriously the tourist was injured is not known, but she was conscious and able to speak to emergency workers, according to the broadcaster. The exit at the Amstel junction was closed for a time for investigation.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Feb 27 '19 10:20

A hand grenade was found in thrift store RataPlan on Van Slingelandtstraat in Amsterdam on Tuesday. The grenade was found in a box that was being unpacked by an employee. It is unclear how long the box had been in the store, Het Parool reports.

The police safely removed the explosive. According to the police, it was a real hand grenade, but it was harmless as it could no longer detonate. People living and working around the store were therefore not in danger.

The police closed down the area around the thrift store as a precaution while they investigated. 

Ambulance
Feb 27 '19 07:52

A boy was stabbed in the Nelson Mandela park in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries.

The stabbing happened around 4:00 p.m., according to NOS. The police can not yet say anything about the motive of the stabbing. The extent of the victim's injuries is also unknown.

The police are looking for a man with dark skin who was wearing a black jacket, gray pants and a cap. 

Feb 26 '19 14:10

A man the police found dead on Huntumdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Monday night, took his own life. The police saw the man committing suicide while they were searching Maasdrielhof for suspects of a shooting that happened shortly before a kilometer away, Het Parool reports.

At around 8:15 p.m. a 50-year-old man was shot at a home on Maasdrielhof. The victim was taken to hospital and is not in life-threatening danger. Three suspects were seen fleeing the scene.

R. Kelly
Feb 26 '19 12:30

Amsterdam venue The Box removed an R. Kelly concert scheduled for April from its website. The link which used to give details about the concert now only reads "page not found". The event is still scheduled to take place, as the concert promoter has not yet canceled it, the venue confirmed to NL Times.

Sunny Amsterdam
Feb 26 '19 08:42

A brief power outage affected parts of Amsterdam Zuid on Tuesday morning. The short blackout started around 8am and was mostly resolved by 8:30 a.m.

Energy grid operator Liander said it could take until 10:30 a.m. for all power to be restored.

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