The number of sex crimes the police registered last year decreased by 13 percent compared to 2018, according to an analysis of crime statistics released on Wednesday. The main categories of violent crime combined to show only a slight overall increase in 2019 when compared to the year before, even as there were large increases in categories like forced labor, muggings, and threats of violence.
A suspicious package was found on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam Zuid on Wednesday morning. The package was found at kosher restaurant Ha Carmel, which was previously the target of vandalism multiple times.
Eventually, police said no explosives were found in the suspicious package. But Jewish organization Federatief Joods NL said on social media that the "crystal clear" motive behind the incident was anti-Semitism. They noted that the restaurant has been targeted four times in two years.
A possible explosive was found at a cafe on Voorstraat in Zwolle on Tuesday morning. The area around the cafe was cordoned off while explosive removal experts from the Ministry of Defense investigated and removed the device, the Gelderland police said on Twitter.
According to newspaper De Stentor, the explosive involved was a hand grenade and it was found tied to the door of cafe Bruut. Emergency services responded to the scene at around 8:20 a.m.
A hand grenade was found at an apartment building in Kerkdriel, where the mayor of the municipality of Maasdriel lives, on Monday morning. Dozens of local residents were evacuated as explosive experts disarmed the device, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid said on Twitter.
The explosive was found just before 5:30 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., the safety office announced that the device had been disarmed and no longer posed a danger to the surroundings. Gasthuisplein an Monseigneur Zwijsenplein were cordoned off for investigation.
A car containing items with a potential explosion hazard was found in Didam, Gelderland on Thursday. The police believe the Audi may have been involved in an ATM bombing in Germany earlier in the morning, a police spokesperson said to De Gelderlander.
The ATM bombing happened in the Duisburg area early on Thursday morning. Afterwards, there was a police chase on the A18. During the chase, the Audi hit a police vehicle, before escaping police pursuit.
Police were called to the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam Zuid on Friday morning after workers there discovered a suspicious letter matching the appearance of a series of six mail bombs sent to separate locations in the Netherlands over the past week. Authorities arrived at the five-star hotel minutes before 9 a.m., joined by an explosives expert from the police. The Defense ministry's explosives ordinance disposal unit arrived an hour later.
An ABN Amro ATM on Zijdelwaardplein in Uithoorn was blown open with an explosive early on Tuesday morning. Two suspects were seen fleeing the scene on a dark colored scooter, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. Whether they managed to steal any cash, is not yet clear.
The ATM bombing happened at around 3:50 a.m. The police cordoned off the area and called in explosive experts from both the police and the Ministry of Defense to investigate whether any explosives were left behind.
A robbery caused massive damage at jeweler Paul van Zeeland in Velp on Monday morning. The three perpetrators used an explosive to blow open the roller shutter and then ransacked the store, manager Gerrit-Jan Grandia said to Omroep Gelderland.
The robbery happened at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday. The perpetrators smashed eight showcases and took "an incredible amount of jewelry" with them, Grandia said. All in all, the robbers were in the store for around two minutes.
A car was destroyed in an explosion on an empty parking lot in The Hague on Wednesday. The police suspect that a firework bomb was thrown underneath the car, which has Polish license plates, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.
Local residents reported the blast on Laan van Poot at around 00:30 a.m. Debris from the explosion was found as much as 20 meters away. Fragments of car were also found in nearby trees.
The police's explosive experts were called to investigate. The vehicle was towed away by a recovery company.
As far as is known, no one was injured.
An ATM bombing caused a massive amount of damage on the corner of Deventerstraat and Regentesselaan on Thursday morning. "Luckily no one was inured, but the destruction is enormous", the Gelderland police said on Twitter.
The area around the bombing was cordoned off, according to Omroep Gelderland. The bombing happened at an SNS Bank ATM at around 4:45 a.m. The blast ripped off part of the office building's roof and facade. Whether the perpetrators managed to steal any cash, is not yet clear.
An explosive went off at a Coolblue store on Europaplein in Utrecht early on Thursday morning. Two perpetrators were seen fleeing the scene on a scooter, the Utrecht police said on Twitter.
The explosion happened at around 2:00 a.m. It seems the perpetrators were trying to blow their way into the store. Photos on social media show at least three windows shattered, though the safety glass kept them in the frame. Whether the perpetrators managed to get inside, is unclear.
ABN Amro decided to shut down a few dozen of its ATMs after a series of bombings. The bank knows that this may be annoying for some customers whose regular ATM will suddenly be unavailable, but the measure is taken with the safety of customers in mind, a spokesperson for ABN Amro said to NOS.
An ATM was blown open on Dorpsstraat in Noord-Scharwoude early on Monday morning. This is the fifth such explosion in Noord-Holland in a week. Last week four ATMs were blown open in Alkmaar, Amsterdam and Zaandam, and one ATM bombing was prevented, NH Nieuws reports.
The bombing in Noord-Scharwoude happened at around 3:30 a.m., the police said on Twitter. Two people were seen fleeing the scene on a scooter. Whether they actually managed to steal any money from the ATM, is not yet clear.
A hand grenade being left at the Haarlem city hall on Wednesday shocked mayor Jos Wienen, certainly because the city hall is "a symbol of local democracy and local government", he said in a statement. He called the incident "horrible and unacceptable", Het Parool reports.
Police in Haarlem evacuated the popular Grote Markt area on Wednesday after an apparent hand grenade was left on the stairs at City Hall. The suspicious device was removed by explosives experts, police said just after 5 p.m.
An 18-year-old man from Amsterdam was sentenced to 18 months in prison, four of which conditionally suspended, by the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The court found him guilty of hanging a hand grenade on an outer wall of football club ADO's supporters home in The Hague. Two other men were acquitted, NU.nl reports.
A 34-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison by the court in Amsterdam for a hand grenade explosion at club Mad Fox on Spuistraat in Amsterdam. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecution Service demanded, NU.nl reports.
The court considered it proven that the man had the hand grenade in his possession and deliberately caused an explosion at the club, located underneath the luxury W Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. The man not only wanted to cause damage to the club, but also intimidate people, the court ruled.
An explosive was found outside a restaurant on Karel Mollenstraat Zuid in Valkenswaard during the early hours of Thursday morning. The police closed down the area and evacuated a nearby apartment building as a precaution.
The police announced the discovery of what appeared to be an explosive at around 3:00 a.m. A responding officer notified the Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department, who determined that it was indeed a real explosive, the police said at around 3:50 a.m. The EOD disarmed it and removed it from the scene. It will be detonated elsewhere.
Prosecutors are seeking stiff sentence against two suspects accused of detonating hand grenades at two coffeeshops in Delft. At least one person was hurt in the explosions on May 17, 2018, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) said in a statement.
An ATM bombing on Dorpstraat in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel caused major damage to the town center on Friday morning. Due to investigation, cleanup and repairs, the town center will be closed down to the public for most of the day, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.
A hand grenade was found outside of nightclub The Box on Mekongweg in Amsterdam-West early on Saturday morning. The area around the club was closed down for some time while the Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department disarmed and disposed of the device.
The grenade was found at around 4:30 a.m. The club was empty at the time, the police said in a statement.
An explosive was left in an ATM on Van Limburg Stirumstraat in Amsterdam after a failed ATM bombing during the early hours of Monday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department is at the scene. The police asked residents of surrounding homes to stay inside.
The police reported the discovery of the explosive at around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. The ATM is located next to a supermarket.
The Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, approved a legislative proposal by Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to increase the maximum punishments for crimes that fall under organized crime. The new law, which will take effect on January 1st, also includes a harsher approach to revenge porn and a longer statute of limitation for child abuse.
The police are investigating a possible explosive found at a business in the Utrecht neighborhood of Leidsche Rijn on Monday morning. Photos from the scene shows a hand grenade taped to the door of clothing store Mon Amis on Parijsboulevard.
The possible explosive was discovered early on Monday morning, AD reports. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the device from the scene and is investigating whether it is a real grenade.