Amsterdam

Hematopoietic stem cell
Oct 17 '18 09:30

A large shipment of stem cells will be slowly and carefully transported from Leiden to Amsterdam, under police escort, on Wednesday. This is expected to cause some inconvenience for motorists on the A4 highway, where at least one lane will be closed, a spokesperson for blood bank Sanquin told NU.nl.

The transport will start around noon, the spokesperson said.

Preliminary research to The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn before its restoration starts in June 2019
Oct 16 '18 09:18

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will start restoring Rembrandt van Rijn's famous painting The Night Watch in July next year. The painting will be restored in the hall where it's currently hanging, and visitors to the museum are welcome to watch the process. The restoration can also be followed online, the museum announced on Tuesday.

The Night Watch will be restored in a clear glass chamber designed by French architect Jean Michel Wilmotte. It's last major restoration happened 40 years ago, following an attack on the painting in 1975. 

Sick driver pushed against the guardrail by other motorists on the A5 highway at Westpoort, 15 Oct 2018
Oct 16 '18 08:46

A motorist became unwell while driving on the A5 highway at Westpoort on Monday morning. Other motorists saw it happen and pushed his car to a standstill against the guardrail. They then provided first aid while the emergency services responded. The police called it a "heroic act" on Twitter.

"We are very happy that people were so alert and helpful", a police spokesperson said to AT5. "They prevented worse from happening."

aanhouding-op-straat
Oct 15 '18 15:10

Five people were arrested after a brawl between Dutch and German football supporters on Spegelgracht in Amsterdam on Saturday. Three Dutch and two Germans were arrested based on camera footage, NH Nieuws reports.

The brawl happened at cafe Hans en Grietje. "The two parties, I estimate around 40, 50 started hitting each other. I first saw cans of beer flying through the air, but soon it became chairs and tables", a cafe employee said to the newspaper.

The riot police had to intervene and break up the fight. The cafe sustained damage, but opened as usual on Sunday. 

collegas-op-straat
Oct 15 '18 11:50

A firebomb was thrown into restaurant Hotel Buiten on Sloterplas in Amsterdam on Friday night. Three employees of the restaurant had to go to hospital with hearing problems after the explosion. "Fortunately no permanent damage to staff or guests, but we are of course very shocked and we have no idea who is responsible for this", the restaurant management said in a letter stuck to the restaurant's door, Het Parool reports.

Jail
Oct 12 '18 14:50

The court in Alkmaar sentenced 26-year-old Lars de R. from Krommenie to four years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for sexually abusing 10 underage boys in Netherlands, India and Croatia, NOS reports.

De R. became famous when he reached the finals of talent show Holland's Got Talent at the age of 16 in 2009. The court found him guilty of having sex with ten boys multiple times over the course of eight years. The youngest victim was 4-years-old at the time.

i_20160215_11
Oct 12 '18 13:10

Amsterdam has to participate in the . If the Dutch capital, with the largest coffeeshop market in the Netherlands, does not participate, the experiment will fail, mayor Femke Halsem said in a city council debate on the issue on Thursday, Het Parool reports.

man-wordt-geboeid-afgevoerd arrest
Oct 12 '18 08:05

The police arrested a 20-year-old man from Amsterdam on Thursday for a fatal shooting in which 19-year-old r Whether the arrested man is suspected of being the gunman or of another role, is not yet clear, Het Parool reports.

Taxi stand at Schiphol Airport, 29 Sept 2018
Oct 11 '18 11:22

The Human Environment and Transport inspectorate, police, Public Prosecutor, and Tax Authorities are investigating large-scale taxi fraud in the Amsterdam area. Hundreds of illegal taxis are driving around Amsterdam and Schiphol airport, the Inspectorate said to newspaper AD.

gele-politiejas
Oct 11 '18 10:30

Dutch municipalities, the police and security services are currently actively monitoring at least 160 radicalized Muslims. Amsterdam accounts for the biggest share of that number, with 59 radicalized people currently under the municipality's eye, the Volkskrant reports.

Forensic investigator at a crime scene
Oct 11 '18 07:44

A man was killed in a shooting on Dostojevskisingel in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Wednesday afternoon, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. Area residents say the victim is a 19-year-old rap musician and producer. People on social media claiming to be friends with the victim say the person killed is named “Bolle”, and that he was shot in the gut during an argument on the street.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Oct 10 '18 16:10

The famous I Amsterdam letters on the Museumplein have to go, according to a motion filed by the GroenLinks faction in Amsterdam. The slogan has become a symbol for mass tourism, the party finds. The motion seems to have support from the D66, PvdA and SP - a majority in the city council, Het Parool reports.

With the motion, GroenLinks asked the office of mayor and aldermen to remove the I Amsterdam letters from the whole city and to stop all city marketing activities under the slogan of I Amsterdam. 

Police and explosive experts at a sisha lounge on Jan Evertsenstraat where a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a sisha lounge, 1 Feb 2019
Oct 9 '18 11:40

Since the beginning of 2017 there's been 16 incidents involving a hand grenade at a Dutch business, and in ten of these incidents the hand grenade exploded, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security said in response to parliamentary questions, RTL Nieuws reports.

D66 parliamentarian Maarten Groothuizen wanted to know how many times criminals used hand grenades to threaten or pressure business owners in the Netherlands. He also asked how often a municipality closed a business after such an incident.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Oct 5 '18 15:10

The police had information that a serious crime was being planned shortly before the building housing Panorama's editorial offices in Amsterdam was in June. When the attack happened, the police were already keeping an eye on some of the important suspects, Het Parool reports.

construction worker
Oct 5 '18 11:50

The municipality of Amsterdam is planning to build around 5 thousand new homes between Amstelstation and AMC. The homes will be located in the so-called Amstel-III area, between the Johan Cruijff Arena and IKEA, AT5 reports.

The Amstel III-area currently consists mainly of outdated office buildings. These will be demolished for the construction of new homes.

Femke Halsema
Oct 3 '18 08:57

Amsterdam finds the national experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation unfeasible and "risky to public order". The municipality would like to participate in the experiment, but only with other rules, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sports, NOS reports.

A motorcycle police officer shot a suspect on De Wittenkade in Amsterdam, 2 Oct 2018
Oct 3 '18 08:26

A suspect  in Amsterdam on Tuesday, is Heineken kidnapper 66-year-old Frans Meijer. The second suspect arrested is his son, the Telegraaf reports based on sources.

Tree felling
Oct 2 '18 15:00

In the next three years Amsterdam will deliver all trees cut down in the city to the Stadshout Foundation, which will process the trees in a sustainable manner and give the wood new life n the city in the form of street furniture or decoration, the municipality announced in a press release.

A motorcycle police officer shot a suspect on De Wittenkade in Amsterdam, 2 Oct 2018
Oct 2 '18 13:20

A motorcycle police officer shot a suspect on De Wittenkade in Amsterdam on Tuesday. This happened after a "suspicious situation", the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. A second suspect was arrested.

The motorcycle cop responded to a report of a suspicious situation, the police said in a statement. He noticed two men walking on Van Beuningenstraat. When he addressed them, they ran towards De Wittenkade, the police said.

Barack Obama
Oct 1 '18 15:40

A photo showing former United States President Barrack Obama on an Amsterdam tram with a sleeping student next to him, was massively shared online over the past days. But the photo was faked. The real photo, featuring no sleeping student, was taken in the city of Saint Paul in Minnesota in 2014 by then White House photographer Pete Souza, AT5 reports.

Oct 1 '18 14:50

Four people in Amsterdam on Monday morning, were killed in a murder-suicide, the police believe. A 50-year-old man shot and killed a 30-year-old woman, their 5-year-old daughter and a 67-year-old female relative, before turning the gun on himself, te police said in a statement.

P.C. Hoofthuis, Amsterdam
Oct 1 '18 08:59

The police cleared protesting students out of the University of Amsterdam's P.C. Hoofdhuis building on Friday evening. A total of 30 students were arrested for trespassing - they were not allowed inside the building. All of them were released from custody again on Saturday evening, NU.nl reports.

Crime scene tape
Oct 1 '18 07:28

Four people were found dead in a home on Herculesstraat in Amsterdam during the early hours of Monday morning. Police officers responded to the home after reports of a shooting, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The police think this may have been an incident within the family, but the investigation is still ongoing. Forensic investigators are at the scene, and a large part of the street is closed off with crime scene tape.

So far no information was released about the victim. 

P.C. Hoofthuis, Amsterdam
Sep 28 '18 11:50

A group of students occupied the P.C. Hoofthuis of the University of Amsterdam on Friday. They are protesting against government budget cuts and the "erosion of education", ANP reports.

The students, calling themselves Autonomous University Postcolonial House, barricaded the entrances of the building on Spuistraat and hung a red banner from the roof. The banner reads: 'Autonomous University'.

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