None of the companies that received mail bombs and threatening letters over the past two weeks were customers of central collections agency CIB, director Niels de Peuter said to AD on Tuesday after consulting with the police. The envelopes the bombs and threats were sent in were made to look like they came from the CIB.
A circus performer who was seriously injured on Friday after falling some 10 meters with her husband during a performance in the Carre theater, posted an update of her condition for the first time. She underwent two surgeries on her neck and is now out of intensive care. "We have not yet received a definitive diagnosis from the doctors, it will take time. But at the moment, I cannot feel my legs," she wrote on Facebook.
A car company in Amsterdam received a threatening letter this weekend that appears to correspond to threatening letters sent to various targets who also received mail bombs over the past week, the police said to NU.nl. The car company in question did not receive a mail bomb, the police said.
The Netherlands forensics institute NFI is currently investigating the letter for trace evidence, as it is also doing with the other threatening letters and mail bombs.
A fall of around 10 meters that left two circus performers injured in the Carre theater in Amsterdam on Friday, was caused by one of the performers breaking a tooth, World Christmas Circus producer Henk van der Meijden told De Telegraaf and ANP.
A team of circus performers fell roughly ten meters to the ground during a performance at the Carre theater in Amsterdam, reported broadcaster AT5. The accident happened during Friday's second performance of the World Christmas Circus late Friday afternoon.
Police told several media outlets that one of the two circus performers was in critical condition, and the other was injured. The act, known as Sky Angels, comprises of a man and a woman performing acrobatic stunts, often swinging through the air with no safety net below.
Police were called to the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam Zuid on Friday morning after workers there discovered a suspicious letter matching the appearance of a series of six mail bombs sent to separate locations in the Netherlands over the past week. Authorities arrived at the five-star hotel minutes before 9 a.m., joined by an explosives expert from the police. The Defense ministry's explosives ordinance disposal unit arrived an hour later.
Mail bombs were delivered to five different businesses in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht over the past week, police said on Thursday. Each of the bombs was potentially dangerous, but luckily none of them exploded.
Authorities cautioned the public to be alert for any letters from CIB in Rotterdam. All of the suspicious, bulging letters carried the CIB logo and Wilhelminakade address of debt collection firm Centraal Invorderings Bureau. In each instance, the CIB logo and address were printed on one label, and the recipient's information was printed on a second label.
Dozens of airline passengers spent the first night of the New Year sleeping at Eindhoven Airport after low visibility prevented aircraft from taking off or landing. The country's second largest airport had struggled with fog since Tuesday.
A shooting at a popular recreation park in Amsterdam left two people injured early Thursday morning. Both victims were found conscious at the scene and were transported to an area hospital.
The gun-related incident was reported just before 4 a.m. on the Valburgdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost. "Once on location at the Gaasperplas parking lot they found two men with gunshot wounds," police said.
By the time police arrived the suspect, or suspects, had fled the scene, possibly by car. No description of the gunman was immediately released.
Firefighters in the Netherlands responded to 4,340 reported incidents between New Year's Eve and the beginning of New Year's Day. The number corresponds to nearly a three percent increase over the same period last year, though 14 of the 25 emergency services regions showed a decrease.
A ground stop was put in place Wednesday afternoon at Eindhoven Airport preventing all aircraft from taking off and landing at the second largest airport in the Netherlands. The problem, due to freezing fog, could continue through midnight, according to a bulletin released by Eurocontrol, the European organization for air traffic safety.
The weather was also causing problems at Schiphol Airport, and to a far lesser extent at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Murder and manslaughter cases in the Netherlands rose a combined total of 5.6 percent, compared to last year. The figures, calculated up through December 28 by crime journalist Eric Slot, show that 113 people died in 104 separate criminal incidents.
An ABN Amro ATM on Zijdelwaardplein in Uithoorn was blown open with an explosive early on Tuesday morning. Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene on a dark colored scooter, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. Whether they managed to steal any cash, is not yet clear.
The ATM bombing happened at around 3:50 a.m. The police cordoned off the area and called in explosive experts from both the police and the Ministry of Defense to investigate whether any explosives were left behind.
The year 2019 was a busy one for the Netherlands, with elections and strikes, multiple high profile murders and shootings, and a summer full of heat records, severe storms and poisonous caterpillars. Here follows a review of the top ten stories of this year.
Schiphol Airport is believed to have been targeted in a planned terrorist attack that was to take place simultaneously as the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. Investigators made the assertion in a 561-page indictment produced by French authorities examining the coordinated assaults that left 130 people dead, according to Belgian newspaper De Standard.
Police in 30 different Dutch municipalities failed to apprehend a suspect in a single burglary reported in their jurisdictions in the past three years. There were over two thousand break-ins reported in those towns and villages between May 2016 and May 2019, all of which went unsolved, a data analysis from RTL Nieuws showed.
The Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam is concerned about young people seemingly being increasingly eager to shoot or stab each other. "My concern is great, because you see that the number of incidents involving young people who shoot or stab is increasing," chief prosecutor John Lucas said in an interview with AT5. Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw expressed similar concerns earlier this year.
Former national politician Sharon Dijksma, 48, gave birth to her third child on Monday morning. Eleonora Windmulder and her mother were both said to be healthy.
Dijksma, now the alderperson for traffic, transit, water and air quality in Amsterdam, declared on Twitter, "Amsterdam has another new resident!" The Labour politician added, "We are proud and grateful for this wonderful gift."
Some 16 percent of children in the Netherlands are growing up in a single-parent household, a substantial 48 percent rate increase compared to 20 years ago. Fewer than 11 percent of children lived with one parent back in 1999, and the rate steadily grew over time, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
"This situation can arise because, for example, parents have separated, a parent has died or the parents have never lived together," the statistics office said. Nearly nine-in-ten of the 538 thousand children are registered at the mother's address.
Police in Amsterdam are looking for a man suspected of the repeated sexual harassment and assault of young women and girls. Investigators think the man may be responsible for at least a dozen attacks over a period of nearly twenty years.
Security camera footage of the man was released on Friday. One of the alleged assaults is shown in the video.
An explosive device found on an ATM in Amsterdam prompted a heavy overnight response from police in the capital city. Two suspects were at large, and the unexploded ordinance was detonated in an isolated area without incident.
It is the first known incident of an explosive found or used at an Amsterdam cash machine since the machines were largely shutdown overnight. This measure was meant to prevent thieves from using explosives and combustible gas as a method for breaking the machines open and stealing the cash inside.
Sifan Hassan and Mathieu van der Poel were named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the Sports Gala in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The Team of the Year award went to the women's handball team. Hugo Haak was named Coach of the Year. And Jetze Plat won the award for Paralympic Athlete of the Year, NOS reports.
The organization behind the Tulp Festival Amsterdam says the sixth annual edition of the event will begin on March 31. Hundreds of thousands of tulips will again be planted at dozens of locations all around the Dutch capital, including outside all of the city’s train stations.