The police and fire department suspect that a large wildfire on the Veluwe in Epe on Monday was deliberately lit. Some 100 by 200 meters of heather burned down. A suspect was arrested after a short search. "We had a good description", a spokesperson for the police said to Omroep Gelderland.
Around a hundred activists occupied a pig farm in Boxtel on Monday in a protest meant to draw attention to animal suffering in the Netherlands. A few dozen farmers also gathered for a counter protest. The police eventually put an end to the action. Dozens of protesters were arrested, NU.nl reports.
A 40-year-old Dutch man was arrested in Great Britain last week after 35 kilograms of cocaine was found in his truck. The trucker was arrested in North Lincolnshire on Thursday after he and his truck arrived at the Hull port by ferry, RTL Nieuws reports.
The drugs were hidden in the truck's back doors. According to the local authorities, the cocaine has an estimated street value of around 3 million pounds, nearly 3.5 million euros.
The Dutch truck driver was arraigned and remanded into custody until June 7th, when he again has to appear in court.
The police took DutchMagic, the largest coffeeshop on the dark web, offline at the end of last year, the police said on Thursday. A 42-year-old man from Hoensbroek in Limburg is in custody and more arrests are expected.
According to the police, millions of euros in soft drugs were sold through DutchMagic per year. The transactions were paid for with cryptocurrency and the drugs were sent through the regular mail.
Former students of Leiden University are shocked by the news that their classmate Thijs H. is now suspected of three murders. The two former students, who studied in the same faculty as H. in the 2014/2015 academic year, knew him as soft-natured and friendly, if somewhat of a wallflower, Omroep West reports.
The semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in the Johan Cruijff Arena, and Ajax's last-second elimination from the Champions League, led to unrest in various places in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. The Amsterdam police arrested a total of around 30 people during the evening, NU.nl reports.
Two people were arrested in a Pathé cinema in the center of The Hague on Thursday. They showed 'threatening behavior' in one of the cinemas, during the film Hotel Mumbai which is about an attack on a hotel in Mumbai in 2008, NOS reports.
A woman was seriously injured in a stabbing in a home on Paulus Buysstraat in Vlaardingen on Thursday morning. A suspect was arrested.
There were three young children in the home at the time of the stabbing, according to RTV Rijnmond. They were not injured and were taken to a safe place, the regional broadcaster writes.
The police would not confirm the presence of the children to the Telegraaf. According to the newspaper, the suspect turned himself in to the police.
The police arrested a second suspect in connection with the death of a 72-year-old man in his Lelystad home. Like the first suspect arrested in this case, 35-year-old Michael B. was previously sentenced to institutionalized psychiatric treatment, the Telegraaf reports.
72-year-old Gerrit Thomassen was found dead in his home on Rode Klif in Lelystad on Sunday. On Monday the police arrested 48-year-old Jan van K. on suspicion of involvement in Thomassen's death.
A 34-year-old man from Vlissingen is suspected of brutally raping at least seven women after taking them on dates. The rapes happened over the past two years. The man made contact with his victims through dating sites and raped them after taking them on a few dates, the Public Prosecutor said during the first pro-forma hearing on this case in the court in Middelburg on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
The Public Prosecutor believes it caught a "big fish" in the distributors of child pornography on the dark web with the arrest of a 26-year-old man from Gorinchem. The court in Rotterdam remanded the man into custody for three months on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
The man was arrested on January 18th. He has been in restricted custody since then, also denied internet access out of concern that he will warn his 'friends'. Child pornography was found on the man's computer, including material of very young children, the Public Prosecutor said.
A 72-year-old man was found dead in his apartment on Rode Klif in Lelystad on Sunday, the police said in a statement on Tuesday evening. Investigators believe he was murdered. A 48-year-old man from Lelystad was arrested. The police call on witnesses to come forward.
Exactly when and how the elderly man died, is not yet clear. The 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of involvement in his death.
The Rotterdam police arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in a fire on Hilledijk, in which 27-year-old Robert Hendrix was killed on April 13th. The Rotterdam man is suspected of arson, the police said on Monday.
A police officer was run over by a fleeing motorist in Maastricht during the early hours of Sunday morning. The officer was treated in hospital for multiple bruises before being sent home to recover. The motorist, a 31-year-old man from Maastricht, was arrested, the police said in a statement.
The police wanted to pull the motorist over for a traffic check on Koningin Emmaplein at around 3:45 a.m. The motorist ignored the signal to pull over and sped away. The police gave chase.
A red passenger car deliberately crashed into the entrance of the city hall in Hardewijk on Thursday afternoon. The driver was arrested in a home in the city, about an hour after the crash, the Gelderland police said. No one was injured.
The driver crashed the car into the glass sliding doors of the building located on Havendam at around 2:30 p.m., and then fled. The suspect was arrested at around 3:30 p.m., after a large police search also involving a police helicopter.
Around 40 police officers intervened in a healing ceremony in a home on Nieuwstraat in Eersel, Noord-Brabant, on Wednesday evening. A few weeks ago a 31-year-old man from Hungary died after participating in a similar ceremony. Four people were arrested on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.
A total of 16 people attended the healing ceremony. The attendees who were not arrested, were taken to another location.
Last week customs officers found crystal meth and ketamine at a transport company in De Lier. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of frozen chicken drumsticks, which were on their way to England, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.
The discovery was made on April 17th. A 32-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. He was arraigned earlier this week and remanded into custody for another two weeks.
The A73 highway near Venray is currently closed towards Nijmegen as the police investigate "substances" found in a crashed car. The car collided with the guardrail during the early hours of Thursday morning. Two people were injured. The occupants of the car were arrested, NOS reports.
The police noticed the car when it sped past them on the highway at high speed. It crashed a short time later. As far as is known, no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Suspicious substances were found in the car. Exactly what substances these are, is not clear.
The police found human remains during a search in Soest on Tuesday in the investigation into the disappearance of 52-year-old Miranda Zitman. Whether the body is that of the missing woman, is not yet known, NU.nl reports.
A 56-year-old man was arrested in Soest on Tuesday in connection with a missing person case. The police are performing investigations in a home in the city, RTL Nieuws reports.
Thus far the police refused to say what missing person case the man was arrested for, or what his suspected involvement is.
A forensic team was seen entering the home and a forensic investigation container was placed in the street, according to the broadcaster.
A burning car crashed on the A1 at the Embrugge exit after a high-speed chase from Naarden early on Monday morning. A woman, believed to be the driver of the car, was arrested, AD reports.
The accident happened after a wild chase on the highway. The Amsterdam police noticed the car, a BMW, because it was speeding and swerving wildly across the road. When the driver spotted the police, the car sped up to 250 kilometers per hour and the police gave chase.
The police arrested 20 people on Friday morning during an unannounced demonstration at the Shell headquarters in The Hague. Twelve were arrested for committing vandalism, eight for not following police orders, NU.nl.
The demonstrators sprayed graffiti on the walls of the building, among other things. Some 50 demonstrators in total showed up to protest at Shell headquarters on Carel van Bylandtlaan.
The police took the detainees to a police station for processing. A area was made available for the remaining protesters to hold their demonstration.
Around 20 thousand people attended the ninth edition The Passion play in Dordrecht on Thursday evening. The modern retelling of the final hours of Jesus' life happened without incident. The police only arrested one man, for flying a drone above the crowd, RTL Nieuws and NU.nl report.