Amsterdam

Femke Halsema
Jun 28 '18 12:00

Femke Halsema calls it a "great privilege" to serve her fellow Amsterdam citizens as the mayor of the Dutch capital in the coming years. "The city council of Amsterdam decided t. That makes me happy, proud and humble", the former GroenLinks leader said in a statement, RTL Nieuws reports.

collegas-op-straat
Jun 28 '18 10:40

Shots were fired on a store on Van Woustraat in Amsterdam Zuid during the early hours of Wednesday morning. A short time later, a nearby container went up in flames. The police believe the two incidents may be connected, Het Paroolr eports.

The police responded to the store, located between Lutma and Carillonstraat, at around 2:10 a.m. after reports of a broken store window. There they found that the window had been shot at. The perpetrator fled.

Femke Halsema
Jun 28 '18 07:37

The city council of Amsterdam nominated Femke Halema to be the new mayor of the Dutch capital. She will be the first female mayor of the city. The expectation is that Halsema will be officially appointed next month, NU.nl reports.

Mayoral chain
Jun 27 '18 14:50

The Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal investigations at government services in the Netherlands, launched a criminal investigation into information leaks from the confidential committee responsible for the appointment of a new mayor of Amsterdam, NU.nl reports.

Police leave a note on the grave of a baby found dead in some bushes along the Sloterplas in June 2016, calling on the mother to come forward
Jun 27 '18 14:10

The mother of a newborn boy whos in Amsterdam in 2016, was finally identified. The 25-year-old woman from Amsterdam West was arrested on June 13th on suspicion of involvement in her baby's death and hiding his body, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jun 27 '18 09:32

The police believe they found the getaway car used in an attack on De Telegraaf building on Basisweg in Amsterdam. The car was found burning in a parking lot on Noordkaperweg in Amsterdam Noord early on Wednesday morning.

According to the police, a loud bang was heard from the parking lot, located close to the 'Volendam-Hengelo' onramp to the A10 highway, around 4:00 a.m. When the police went to investigate, they found a burning Audi. "The detectives assume that the perpetrators fled in this car yesterday", the police said in a statement. 

Amsterdam's Red Light District
Jun 26 '18 16:20

The municipality of Amsterdam's ambitious project to clean up the city center only partially succeeded, the Amsterdam Metropolitan's Court of Auditors said in a report about the project. The Red Light District is still marred by crime and human trafficking, according to the court, NOS reports.

Femke Halsema
Jun 26 '18 13:00

GroenLinks politician Femke Halsema and PvdA politician Carolien Gehrels are two of the three final candidates to be the new mayor of Amsterdam, sources told the Telegraaf. The third candidate will be chosen by the confidential committee responsible for picking the candidates later this week, the newspaper writes.

Volkswagen Caddy crashed into De Telegraaf building on Basisweg in Amsterdam, 26 July 2018
Jun 26 '18 12:20

De Telegraaf released surveillance camera footage of a on Basisweg in Amsterdam around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Volkswagen Caddy crashed into De Telegraaf building on Basisweg in Amsterdam, 26 July 2018
Jun 26 '18 10:20

"A slap in the face of the free press and the Dutch democracy", Prime Minister Mark Rutte said about an incident in which a on Basisweg in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. He called it a "targeted action" on Twitter.

"Much is still unclear, but we are alert and vigilant and the police are doing everything in their power to catch the perpetrator(s)", Rutte said.

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Jun 26 '18 07:46

A van crashed through the front door of the building that houses newspaper De Telegraaf on Basisweg in Amsterdam around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The vehicle went up in flames, causing a large amount of damage to the building, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. No one was injured.

"The flames came up to 14 meters high out of the van, badly damaging the building. A window in the facade was destroyed by the vehicle, the rest were blown out by the heat of the fire", the police spokesperson said. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control quickly.

Jun 25 '18 14:30

Air quality in Dutch city centers will meet European standards by the end of this year, according to a new prognoses State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure presented to parliament on Monday. To help achieve this goal, Van Veldhoven is pushing 10 million euros extra into measures to improve air quality in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Utrecht, ANP reports.

ambulancebroeders-en-agent-bij-incident
Jun 25 '18 10:30

Emergency services found a man with multiple stab wounds on a parking lot on Groesbeekdreef in Amsterdam Zuidoost at around 2:45 a.m. on Monday. The man was rushed to hospital after receiving first aid from a trauma doctor, AT5 reports.

The police are investigating at the scene. So far no arrests were made. The victim's current condition is unknown.

The police call on witnesses to come forward. 

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jun 22 '18 16:10

A 40-year-old man from Hilversum arrested on suspicion of murdering key witness Nabil B.'s brother March, confessed to the murder, the Public Prosecutor announced, NU.nl reports.

The man only confessed to, and did not say whether he was ordered to do so or give any names or information that could lead to other suspects. He will appear in court on July 5th.

construction worker
Jun 22 '18 12:10

NN Groep is selling a portfolio of 6,777 homes to residential investor Vesteda for 1.5 billion euros, the two parties announced on Friday. This is one of the biggest deals ever on the Dutch rental housing market. Vesteda CEO Gertjan van der Baan called the scope of the deal unique, NU.nl reports.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jun 22 '18 10:10

An anti-tank weapon was fired at an office building on Teleportboulevard in Amsterdam on Thursday night. A suspect was arrested during the early hours of Friday morning, the police said in a statement.

The incident happened around 11:00 p.m. The building's windows were knocked out. No one was injured. The anti-tank weapon was found in the area and confiscated.

The most well known type of anti-tank weapon is a rocket launcher. Whether that was what was used here is not clear. 

The police are investigating.

Red moped
Jun 21 '18 12:00

The Dutch government decided to make it possible for municipalities to move mopeds off bike paths and onto public roads from July 1st. Amsterdam plans to start working on this immediately and expects to have moped riders, wearing a helmet, on the roads by early next year, the city of Amsterdam announced.

Amsterdam city center
Jun 20 '18 15:10

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Region developed strongly after the financial crisis and will continue to do so in the coming years, according to the Economic Outlook Metropolitan Region Amsterdam 2018 that the city of Amsterdam published on Wednesday. The city attributes the region's success to its "diverse and open economy in which both large and small companies can grow". 

Fire department rescues a  9-year-old boy from the roof of a building on Baron G.A. Tindaplein in Amsterdam, 19 June 2018
Jun 20 '18 13:50

On Tuesday evening the fire department rescued a 9-year-old boy from the roof of a building on Baron G.A. Tindaplein in Amsterdam. The kid climbed onto the roof "like some kind of Spiderman", but couldn't make his own way down, the Amsterdam Oost Zeeburg police said on Facebook. 

According to the police, the boy climbed to the roof using windowsills around 9:00 p.m. Why exactly the young daredevil did so, is not clear.

The fire department eventually rescued the boy with a ladder truck. He was home just before dark, the police said. 

 

Crime scene
Jun 20 '18 09:37

A 58-year-old man drowned in Amsterdam on Monday after he jumped into a canal while fleeing from shop employees who suspected him of theft, AT5 reports.

During his flight, the man jumped into the water on Kostverlorenstraat. He tried to swim to the other side, but disappeared under water.

Divers from the fire department got the man out of the water and he was resuscitated at the scene for a long time. He was taken to hospital, where he passed away. 

Smoking a joint
Jun 20 '18 08:38

If it is up to interim mayor Jozias van Aartsen, Amsterdam will not participate in an experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. According to him, the situation in the Dutch capital deviates too much from that in other municipalities, Het Parool reports.

collegas-op-straat
Jun 19 '18 15:30

A man was found dead in Beatrixpark in Amsterdam on Monday evening. The police are investigating the cause of his death. "We are investigating whether it is a natural death or something else happened. It is too early to say anything about it",  a police spokesperson said to Het Parool.

According to the newspaper, the man was sleeping in the park during the day when someone noticed that something was wrong. When emergency services arrived, they found the man had passed away.

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Jun 19 '18 11:30

Two teenage boys from Amsterdam were arrested shortly after a shooting in Eindhoven during the early hours of Monday morning. The shooting happened on Shakespearelaan around 3:00 a.m., Het Parool reports.

Multiple shots were fired at a home on Shakespearelaan. No one was injured, the residents were not home at the time But considerable damage was done to the home's windows and facade, according to the newspaper. 

Commuters at Amsterdam Centraal, 19 Jan 2018
Jun 19 '18 08:40

Until 2030 the government is pushing 350 million euros into renovating train stations Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Zuid, to make them able to run more trains and therefore transport more passengers, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said to Dutch parliament, NOS reports.

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