The Amsterdam municipality, police and prosecutor are expanding the city's Top 600 list - used to curb young criminals - to include drug criminals and perpetrators of excessive violence. The impact of drug trafficking on public life is increasing in Amsterdam neighborhoods, said Mayor Femke Halsema, NOS reports.
A large fire broke out in the canteen of the Vossius Gymnasium in Amsterdam on Monday evening. The fire caused considerable damage. The 800 pupils of the high school will therefore have the day off on Tuesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
A number of pupils were at the school for night classes when the fire started. They all managed to get out of the building unharmed.
It took firefighters all night to extinguish the fire, according to RTL Nieuws. The fire department had to demolish part of the canteen in order to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the school.
The Netherlands' safe traffic association VVN will start giving Amsterdam Uber drivers traffic safety training next week. This training is mandatory for all Uber drivers in the Dutch capital who are under the age of 25, NU.nl reports.
Former professional football payer Yassine Abdellaoui was the man shot in the Amsterdam neighborhood of IJburg on Wednesday night, multiple sources confirmed to the Telegraaf. The footballer was injured in the shooting, but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to the newspaper.
Micheal Fudge, who was killed in a police shooting near Dutch central bank DNB on Westeinde in Amsterdam on Wednesday, suffered severe anxiety disorders his entire life, according to his mother. He wanted euthanasia, but when he could not get it, he opted for suicide by cop, mother Tanja Samojlenko said to Het Parool.
Two explosives were detonated in Amsterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. One damaged two businesses in Amsterdam West. And multiple cars were found damaged after an explosion near Sloterdijk, AT5 reports.
At around 4:30 a.m. an explosive was used in an attempted burglary on Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam West. The buildings of a restaurant and a jeweler sustained damage. The police are investigating and looking for witnesses.
A man was injured in a shooting on George Sliekerkade in Amsterdam shortly before midnight on Wednesday, the police said on Twitter.
The shooting happened at around 11:45 p.m. in IJburg, a residential area built on artificial islands in Amsterdam Oost. The police responded to reports of loud bangs and a man lying in the street, screaming. At the scene they found the 43-year-old man injured.
Witnesses saw two persons fleeing the scene on a scooter. The police are investigating.
Amsterdam is pushing more money and effort into repairing and maintaining bridges and quays in the city, the maintenance of which was neglected over the past decades, the municipality announced. This follows a report by external researcher Pieter Cloo, who concluded that getting the maintenance of civil construction in the city back on par is a complex, major and extremely urgent task.
The police shot and killed a man near Dutch central bank DNB in Amsterdam at around 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Officers shot the 31-year-old man from Amsterdam when he came at them with a gun, the police said, NU.nl reports.
Enforcement officers in Amsterdam will soon be equipped with bodycams, mayor Femke Halsema agreed with the unions. The enforcement officers working in the city center will also receive extra support from the police, effective immediately, the municipality announced in a press release.
Amsterdam is the fourth best tech city in the world, according to a ranking by international real estate service provider Savills. The Dutch capital is praised for its inhabitants' high level of knowledge and proficiency in the English language,.
Amsterdam is doing too little to address nuisance in its neighborhoods, the audit office for the Amsterdam Metropolis concluded after research. According to the office, the municipality wants to do a lot, but the use of its resources does not match those ambitions, AT5 reports.
The burgeoning Korean optical industry is eyeing the Netherlands while seeking a global entry for their products. On January 29th, eight South Korean companies, from startups to multinationals, descended on Amsterdam to show off innovative eyeglass designs, materials and manufacturing processes to Dutch wholesalers and retailers.
"There are many designers in Korea that are famous now," said Sandy Yu of S.I. Vision. "We are now here to show off our designs."
Three of the best known hiphop groups in the world are heading to Amsterdam for a joint show. Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and De La Soul will perform at the Ziggo Dome on May 16th for the Gods of Rap Tour, Oor reports.
With this tour the three hiphop acts are each celebrating an important anniversary for their iconic albums. Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. And Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising both turn 30.
Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.
The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.
Several men were convicted on Monday in connection with a 65 million euro diamond heist at Schiphol Airport in 2005. The highest prison sentence handed down was a seven-year term, even though gemstones worth about 40 million euros were never recovered.
Body parts found in a suitcase along the Zuider IJdijk in Amsterdam Oost on January 19th do not belong to missing Sabrina Oosterbeek, the police confirmed with DNA tests, according to the Telegraaf.
Connor James Murphy, 39 from Northern Ireland, is missing in Amsterdam. His family is very concerned about him and is asking for the public's help in finding him.
According to his family, Murphy has been living in Amsterdam for the past three years. He was last seen between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on January 13th outside the Oudeschans around the Nieuwmarkt area. "Nobody has heard from him since", his family said in an email to NL Times.
The municipality of Amsterdam plans to put an end to the rapidly increasing number of ATMs belonging to American company Euronet. These ATMs are mainly aimed at foreign tourists, and are more expensive to use than Dutch banks' ATMs as Euronet charges a hefty fee per cash withdrawal and uses unfavorable exchange rates, NOS reports.
In the space of a few years, dozens of these Euronet ATMs have popped up in shops in the Amsterdam city center. It must be noted that people with a Dutch bank card can use Euronet machines for free, according to the broadcaster.
The employees of special reception locations for problem causing asylum seekers have major trouble with a growing group of residents who have addiction- or psychological problems. The employees can not manage the antisocial or criminal behavior of these residents, the Inspectorate for Justice and Security said, RTL Nieuws reports.
A woman was found seriously injured on Chestertonlaan in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday. A suspect was arrested in the area, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the scene after a report of a stabbing. Whether the woman was actually stabbed, the police did not say.
Exactly what happened is not yet clear. The police are investigating.
A person was injured in a shooting on Rousseaustraat in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Tuesday evening, the police said on Twitter.
The victim was taken to hospital. The person was conscious and not in critical condition, the police said according to Het Parool.
The shooting happened on the street. So far nothing is known about the circumstances surrounding it. The police are investigating.
Amsterdam transport company GVB is struggling under the consequences of a power failure. As a result, fewer trams are running through the Dutch capital on Wednesday. "It's a case of force majeure", a spokesperson for GVB said to Het Parool.
The malfunction is related to a defect in a transformer at the Havenstraat depot, which also affected tram traffic in the city on Tuesday. To prevent overload, GVB is running fewer trams on lines 1, 2, 5, 7, 13, 17 and 25.
According to GVB, travelers must take delays of up to 30 minutes into account.
A suitcase found on the banks of the Zuider IJdijk on Saturday contained the torso of a woman, the police revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to identify the victim.
According to the police, the woman was between the ages of 20 and 50. She wore a black dress and black shirt. There are no tattoos or scars on her torso. Investigators are currently trying to match the victim to women in various missing person databases, but so far with no success.