Gilermo I., the prime suspect of a fatal fire in a Diemen apartment in July 2017, expressed regret for what happened at the start of his trial on Friday. "I find it horrible what happened. But I can not turn back time", he said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rail manager ProRail will be working on the railways around Schiphol airport over the coming days, which means less train traffic to and from the airport. The rail works will take four days, starting on Thursday. On Thursday and Friday, trains from Amsterdam will still be able to reach the airport. But over the weekend there will be no train traffic to Schiphol. NS will deploy buses to replace the trains, NU.nl reports.
The police released footage of the detonation of a hand grenade at a liquor store in Amsterdam Zuidoost, and a shooting and hand grenade being thrown at a home in Diemen. Investigators believe that the two incidents may be connected, AT5 reports.
Residents of apartment building Buekehnorst in Diemen were woken by an explosion in a first floor apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Friday. No one was injured. The explosive was a hand grenade, witnesses told AT5.
The explosion shattered the windows of the apartment in which the grenade exploded, as well as adjacent apartments. The police are investigating what happened.
Shots were fired at a home in Diemen during the early hours of Friday morning. A hand grenade was also left at the home, a spokesperson for the police confirmed to ANP on Friday.
The incident happened around 3:15 a.m. As far as is known, no one was injured. The spokesperson could not say whether anyone was in the home at the time.
The hand grenade was disarmed and removed.
A burning scooter was found in the vicinity. The police are investigating whether the two incidents are related.
A car crashed into a snack bar on Kruidenhof in Diemen during a police chase on Wednesday evening. The car came to a halt inside the store. Three people were injured, the police said on Twitter.
One of the injured is the 26-year-old driver of the car, the police said to AT5. He was arrested. The other two injured were inside the snack bar when the car crashed into it. They were treated by paramedics at the scene and did not have to go to hospital.
Amsterdam is again the most unsafe municipality in the Netherlands, according to newspaper AD's crime meter for 2017. Common crime decreased across the Netherlands last year. The number of reported burglaries, theft, robberies and assaults fell by a total of 13 percent.
Divers are searching the water at Waterkand in Diemen on Thursday for traces of missing Amsterdam woman Sabrina Oosterbeek. What exactly they are looking for, and why they are looking in Diemen, a police spokesperson could not say to ANP.
Sabrina, 30, disappeared in March last year. She was last seen on surveillance camera leaving her Amsterdam Zuidoost home during the early morning hours of March 8th. The police believe that she was murdered.
In the investigation into the murder of Ergin Başakçi in Rotterdam last year, the police are turning to Amsterdam, Delft and Diemen. More and more clues are pointing towards these cities. The Public Prosecutor offered a reward of 20 thousand euros for information that leads to the solving of this case, the police said in a statement.
One of the suspects in the case around a fatal fire in a Diemen apartment building last year, confessed to being one of the arsonists, prosecutor Rob Kroos revealed in an introductory hearing for one of the other suspects on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested 23-year-old criminal A. el B. from Diemen this week on suspicion of involvement in at least three attempted assassinations on Amsterdam criminals, Het Parool reports. The suspect himself survived an attempt on his life in 2016 and was previously twice convicted for illegal firearm possession.
The Public Prosecutor is seriously considering that the suspects in a fatal fire in a Diemen apartment building in July, set fire to the building to claim insurance money. Two other scenarios - that the fire was set due to a relationship quarrel, and that it was set to mask traces of a burglary - are also under consideration, but insurance fraud seems more likely, was revealed during a pro-forma hearing for suspect Gilermo I. on Wednesday, ANP reports.
The police arrested a third suspect in connection with a fire in a Diemen apartment building that resulted in the death of 27-year-old philosophy student David Swart. The suspect is a 26-year-old man from Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Amsterdam man is suspected of arson. He is in restricted custody, which means that the only contact with the outside world he is allowed, is with his lawyer.
The police released surveillance camera footage showing two men believed to be responsible for a fatal fire in a Diemen apartment building in July. Student David Swart, 27, was killed in the fire and his girlfriend was seriously injured.
The mother of David Swart, a student who died in an apartment building fire in Diemen this summer, is pressing charges against te fire department. Another person was seriously injured in the fire. The victims were only found hours after the fire started and the fire department had the fire under control.
Power company TenneT failed to meet its legal obligations, which resulted in a massive power outage in Diemen in March 2015, the Dutch consumer and market authority ACM concluded in a dispute filed by steel producer Tata Steel, ANP reports.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of setting a fire in an apartment building on Rode Kruislaan in Diemen last week. One person was killed and four others were injured in the fire.
The police are calling on people who took photos and videos of a fire in an apartment building on Rode Kruislaan in Diemen on Wednesday morning, to submit these to investigators. A 27-year-old man was found dead after the fire. Four others were injured, two of them critically.
On Thursday the court in Amsterdam sentenced five men to up to 20 years in prison for attempting to assassinate Peter R. in Diemen in November 2015. Despite 34 shots being fired, R. managed to escape with his life, NU.nl reports.
Gunmen Qoi C. and Atif M. were both sentenced to 20 years in prison. Getaway driver Karim S. got 16 years. Genaro L. was sentenced to 12.5 years and Alejandro P. to 14 years in prison for following the victim and preparing the assassination. P. is still at large. The suspects also have to pay their victim almost 43 thousand euros in compensation.
An external investigation will soon be launched into whether the fire department checked all homes in a Diemen apartment building while evacuating it due to a fire on Wednesday morning, Diemen mayor Lex Scholten said on Wednesday afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.
Emergency services discovered a body in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. The building on Rode Kruislaan was evacuated because of a fire earlier on Wednesday. A person with serious injuries was also found in the building, in addition to three others reported injured earlier this morning, ANP reports.
Three people were injured in a fire in an apartment building in Diemen on Wednesday morning. One of them sustained serious injuries. Firefighters evacuated the 16 story building, pulling dozens of people from their beds, NOS reports.
The fire started around 3:45 a.m. in a home on the ground floor of the building on Rode Kruislaan. Firefighters extinguished it pretty quickly and are now working on ventilating the home and rest of the building. The gas, water and power to the building are all out, the fire department said on twitter.
Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.