arrests

Jail
Jan 20 '20 13:40

Four men were arrested on Sunday afternoon for trying to break convict Omar L. out of the prison in Zutphen, where he is serving a life sentence. The four suspects all have French nationality and a background in North Africa, the Telegraaf reports based on "well informed" sources around the investigation.

The suspects crashed a delivery van into the Zutphen prison's gate at around 10:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, the police said in a statement. The van caught fire and the suspects fled.

An aerial view of Heerhugowaard, Noord-Holland, in 2018
Jan 17 '20 17:00

A train passenger and her child were struck by a collapsed window after people threw rocks at their train car on Thursday. Police said two boys were arrested walking along the train tracks in Heerhugowaard soon after the Thursday afternoon incident.

The train was pelted with rocks at about 12:30 p.m. near Hectorlaan in the Noord-Holland town as the train was approaching the station. Police said they are looking to interview the mother and child, but they have not made contact with authorities.

Website 'We leak info' seized for selling stolen usernames and passwords, January 2020
Jan 17 '20 11:05

The police arrested a 22-year-old man from Arnhem on Wednesday on suspicion of offering about 12 billion stolen usernames names and passwords for sale on website WeLeakInfo. The arrest was made as part of a joint investigation by the Dutch police, the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency, the United States' FBI, and Germany's Bundeskriminalamt.

Cocaine found at the port of Vlissingen, hidden in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 14 January 2020
Jan 16 '20 13:30

Customs officers at the port of Vlissingen intercepted 921 kilograms of cocaine on Tuesday. The drugs were hidden in a container of bananas that came from Ecuador, the police said in a statement.

The drugs were discovered with a mobile scan. The police seized and destroyed the cocaine. So far no arrests were made. 

The police are investigating. 

A KLM Cargo plane at the Ezeiza Airport near Buenos Aires in Argentina
Jan 16 '20 07:29

More than 80 kilograms of cocaine was found on a Martinair Cargo plane in Argentina. Seven men, three of whom are Dutch, were arrested, including the plane's pilot and some crew members, RTL Nieuws reports.

The plane was at the Ezeiza International Airport near Buenos Aires when the drugs were discovered. Local media report that the discovery was made shortly before he plane was set to depart for Amsterdam, via Ecuador and Miami. 

Police guard in a detention center
Jan 10 '20 10:10

A 68-year-old man was arrested for leaving a jerry can in an empty train in Leeuwarden on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of the entire train station. He is suspected of arson, the police said.

The police suspect that the man wanted to either start a fire or cause an explosion in the train. He is in custody for questioning.

Jan 8 '20 09:27

The Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris was halted in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning, after a man "acting aggressively" caused some panic on the train, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. "Travelers heard the man call 'Allahu Akbar', and panic broke out briefly," the police said.

A witness told broadcaster NOS that the man attacked travelers and shouted 'Allahu Akbar'. Panicked travelers tried to run to other compartments. According to the police, no one was hurt and no weapons were found. 

Netherlands police uniform
Jan 7 '20 12:40

The police pulled over a motorist in Waalwijk on Sunday to reprimand him for a dirty license plate, only to end up arresting him on suspicion of drug dealing. The officers found 67 bags of cocaine in a hidden area of the car. The 23-year-old man from Den Bosch's driver's license had also been suspended, the police said in a statement.

The officers noticed the car on Taxandriaweg in Waalwijk because its license plate was so dirty that it couldn't be read. They decided to pull the car over for a check. 

Arrest
Jan 7 '20 11:50

A convicted Dutch sex offender was arrested in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on suspicion of rape. Johan S., nicknamed the 'Valium rapist' in the Netherlands, served a 5 year long prison sentence in the Netherlands for a series of rapes, RTL Nieuws reports.

Police officers on the street
Dec 31 '19 07:48

Multiple neighborhoods in The Hague were restless on Monday night, the night before New Year's Eve. The police arrested a total of 19 people, on suspicion of throwing fireworks and arson, among other things, NOS reports.

A party was held on Dr. De Visserplein, organized by the volunteers behind the canceled New Year's bonfire on Scheveningen beach. When the party was over, multiple fires were set in the area and the police had to intervene. At around midnight, the police ordered everyone to leave the street and arrested those who refused.

Football
Dec 26 '19 09:10

Hundreds of people gathered at football club HVV Laakkwartier in The Hague on Wednesday to say goodbye to Bilal Aydin, a 20-year-old footballer who was stabbed to death in the city on Saturday. The club's main field was completely crowded with loved ones who came to show their respects, AD reports.

Police
Dec 26 '19 07:20

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Hengelo early on Christmas morning is 27-year-old Chantal de Vries from Almelo, multiple sources told AD. She worked at Grand Cafe De Twee Wezen in Hengelo.

At this stage nothing is yet known about the motive for and circumstances around the fatal stabbing. The police are investigating multiple possible scenarios.

Police
Dec 19 '19 17:50

Two more teenaged boys were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 64-year-old man who was withdrawing cash from an ATM. A 16-year-old boy from Hoofddorp held by police earlier this week was released from custody.

Cocaine captured at Rotterdam port, December 2019
Dec 19 '19 17:00

Four separate shipments of cocaine were found by Customs officials at the Port of Rotterdam over the past week. All told, officials captured 1,457 kilograms of cocaine, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said.

All of the cocaine made its way to the Netherlands from Brazil. The drugs were later destroyed, the OM said.

It started on December 12 when Customs officers found 450 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of grit used in the concrete industry. Another 500 kilograms of the drug was found frozen inside barrels of concentrated fruit pulp.

Arrest
Dec 19 '19 16:10

A 33-year-old Hungarian fugitive was arrested in Rotterdam after allegedly fleeing his home country where he was to serve a ten-year prison sentence. The man was captured by police in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

He was convicted in Hungary of “a sexual offense involving a minor,” Dutch police said. He was also sentenced for the possession of child pornography.

Police did not say how the man was discovered in the Netherlands. Hungarian officials asked the Fugitive Active Search Team in the Netherlands to find and arrest the convicted criminal.

Ridouan Taghi with a sketch aged to show what he may look like today
Dec 19 '19 08:36

The authorities in Dubai deported Ridouan Taghi to the Netherlands on Wednesday. The man considered to be one of the most wanted criminals in the Netherlands arrived on chartered plane, under guard of the Dutch police, during the early hours of Thursday morning, the Public Prosecutor said.

Crime scene
Dec 19 '19 08:04

Police officers rescued a 3-year-old boy from the Noord-Willemskanaal in Tynaarlo, Drenthe on Wednesday. The toddler was rushed to hospital in serious condition. A 39-year-old man from Utrecht was arrested for possible involvement, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The child is also from Utrecht. Whether the arrested man is his father, is not yet known. 

The police responded to a report of someone being in the canal near Heidenheim in Tynaarlo at around 5:45 p.m. A police spokesperson could not tell the newspaper how the boy ended up in the water. 

aanhouding-op-straat
Dec 19 '19 07:26

The police in Amersfoort arrested three protesters on Wednesday for throwing fireworks at motorcycle police officers. Two of the three officers involved had to be hospitalized with hearing problems. A fourth protester was arrested for hindering an ambulance, the police said.

The fireworks incident in Amersfoort happened at around 6:00 p.m. on Oude Lageweg. The officers were guiding protesting farmers and construction workers when fireworks were thrown at them from a passing van. The police immediately intervened and arrested three people from Amersfoort. 

Arrest
Dec 18 '19 13:00

The police arrested a 16-year-old boy from Hoofddorp for involvement in a stabbing in which a 64-year-old man died on Monday. The man was attacked while he and his wife were withdrawing cash from an ATM at the Toolenburg shopping center in Hoofddorp.

The stabbing happened shortly after 9:00 p.m. Attempts to resuscitate the victim were to no avail. He died at the scene.

Ridouan Taghi
Dec 17 '19 11:47

In the investigation into the criminal organization allegedly run by Ridouan Taghi, who was arrested in Dubai on Monday, the Dutch police raided eight homes and arrested six people on Tuesday night. The suspects are five men and a woman between the ages of 29 and 45 years, the police said on Wednesday.

Ridouan Taghi with a sketch aged to show what he may look like today
Dec 17 '19 07:35

Heavily armed police officers raided an apartment in Vianen on Tuesday night as part of the investigation into the criminal organization allegedly run by Ridouan Taghi, who was arrested in Dubai on Monday. Relatives of Taghi live in the apartment and his sister Nora was arrested, according to various Dutch media. 

Netherlands police uniform
Dec 16 '19 13:30

The police found a thousand kilograms of illegal fireworks in a garage on Tichlerstraat in IJsselmuiden on Sunday, after receiving an anonymous tip. Two men were arrested, the Overijssel police said on Twitter.

"The fireworks were therefore stored in the middle of a residential neighborhood", the police said, calling the situation "life-threateningly dangerous". 

Dutch police
Dec 13 '19 15:30

Two police officers from the Noord-Holland unit were arrested at the police station in Haarlem on Thursday on suspicion of leaking confidential police information to newspaper NRC. One of the two suspected cops is a female police officer who revealed racist abuses at the Hoefkade police station in The Hague and accused a superior of sexual assault, multiple sources told newspaper AD. 

Arrest
Dec 13 '19 13:55

Police working at the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station arrested a suspect for allegedly making bomb threats. The threats were made by a person inside a train early Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for Dutch national railway NS told media outlets.

“No explosive was found,” police said in a statement.

Authorities were dispatched to the station before 12:15 p.m., and police confirmed they were responding to a suspicious situation about 15 minutes later. The arrest was made and the situation was resolved by 12:40 p.m., police said.

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