The Amsterdam city council will launch a campaign against the possession of weapons in the city by the end of this year. The campaign 'Amsterdam disarmed' will start in Zuidoost, and then be extended to other parts of the city, the city council announced during a meeting in Zuidoost on Thursday, Het Parool reports.
In an effort to reduce the number of shooting incidents in Rotterdam, the city authorities are offering rewards for tips resulting in firearms being seized. Depending on the type of firearm found, the person who reported it to the police can receive a reward up to 750 euros.
The weapon that Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son was arrested with in July was a deactivated revolver that belonged to his father, Robert Oey, the boy's father and Halsema's partner said in an interview with NRC. The boy found the weapon in a drawer in the mayor's official residence, where Oey left it before going on a business trip to Hong Kong, he said, adding that Halsema did not know the weapon was there. Opposition parties in Amsterdam want an explanation from the mayor.
A man was shot by the police in the center of Assen on Tuesday afternoon, after the police responded to a report of three men walking around with a firearm. The man was hit in the groin and arm, but is in a stable condition, the police said, NOS reports.
A 31-year-old taxi driver from Amsterdam was sentenced to 3 years in prison, one of which conditionally suspended, for dealing in drugs and firearms on the dark web. The sentence issued by the court of Rotterdam was one year shorter than what the Public Prosecutor demanded, Het Parool reports.
The court considered it proven that the man sold at least nine firearms, hundreds of ecstasy pills, over an ounce of cannabis and nearly 20 grams of cocaine on the dark web.
The police arrested a 38-year-old man in the Tilburg district of Wandelbos on Wednesday morning. The man never returned from leave from a penitentiary institution in Hoogvliet. A loaded firearm was found in his car, AD reports.
The police arrested a 31-year-old man in Amsterdam on Monday night after a long chase that started in Germany. The man fled from the German police after they checked his car in the town of Dinslaken and found a possible firearm, according to RTL Nieuws.
The man took off at high speed and the German police gave chase. The Dutch police joined the chase when the man crossed the border with the Netherlands. The cops pursued the man over a distance of about 170 kilometers via the A30, the A12 and the A1 highways.
Three teenagers from Ede and Bennekom were arrested on Wednesday for illegally selling weapons, including at least one automatic firearm, online, the police said in a statement. They will be arraigned on Friday.
Two 12-year-olds who went magnet fishing on the Amstelkade in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, pulled a firearm out of the water, the Amsterdam Zuid police said on Twitter.
The kids immediately called emergency number 112. Responding officers identified the firearm as real and called in forensic investigators, who took some samples and then confiscated the gun.
The police praised the children for their prompt action in calling the authorities, calling it a "good deed".
A 37-year-old man from Beverwijk was seriously injured when he was briefly abducted in his hometown on Saturday night. A total of four suspects were arrested, the police said in a statement. Witnesses report shots being fired.
The police responded to a report of a man being forced into a delivery van on Melis Stokelaan in Beverwijk at around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday. Responding officers spotted a delivery van on Beneluxlaan. When the driver noticed the police, he sped off. The police gave chase.
Police in Amsterdam were looking for any witnesses to a violent incident on metro line 50 when a gun was pulled out and pointed at someone’s head during an argument between passengers. The incident happened at about 4:40 p.m. inside a subway train bound for Gein.
Authorities say it all started when two men entered a metro car together behind a third man at the Sloterdijk station. The two men harassed several women in the subway, police said, including one who was seated opposite the third man. He spoke up in defense of the women.
The police registered a total of 527 shooting incidents throughout the Netherlands last year. That amounts to 1.5 shootings per day. A total of 44 people were killed in shootings in a year in a half, the Telegraaf reports based on figures requested from the National Police.
So far this year, a total of 240 shooting incidents were registered. That is a slight decrease compared to the same period last year. The newspaper has no figures regarding shooting incidents prior to 2018.
The Rotterdam police twice responded to reports of firearms found by coincidence on Tuesday. A group of kids pulled a gun out of the Zevenhuizerplas while playing outside. And a woman found a gun in Park Zestienhoven while walking her dog, the police said in a statement.
The firearm found by the playing kids was in the lake for some time, according to the police. It wasn't loaded. "The children who found the weapon received an explanation from the police about what to do if they see a firearm lying on the street."
Police dispatched to the scene of a home on Troelstrastraat in Rotterdam found over a dozen guns, some cash, and also a small quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia on Thursday night. A call to emergency services requesting assistance at the house brought authorities to the scene, and two men took off running when the officers were spotted.
One of the two, a 29-year-old from The Hague, was captured and held by authorities. A 26-year-old man from Rotterdam with minor facial lacerations was also taken into custody when he refused to identify himself, police said.
A minor suspect was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Almelo on Wednesday afternoon. During the arrest, he managed to grab one of the police officers' firearm. The police quickly managed to take the gun back from the boy, NU.nl reports.
The boy had been worked to the ground by supermarket staff. He then tried to hurt himself by banging his head on the ground, the police said. When officers tried to help the boy to his feet, he violently resisted and a struggle ensued. It was during this struggle that he grabbed the cop's gun.
During raids in dozens of apartments in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, the police confiscated millions of euros in cash, five firearms, narcotics and 14 cars. A total of 18 people were arrested, the police said in a statement.
Over the past two weeks 262 weapons, including 60 firearms and 650 kilos of ammunition, were handed in to the Rotterdam police. The no-questions-asked surrender action came from a Rotterdam citizens' initiative intended to reduce the number of firearms in Rotterdam and its surroundings, NOS reports
A 22-year-old man from Etten-Leur was arrested on Sunday night for threatening a 15-year-old boy with a gun. The man threatened the teenager after he scored a goal during a five to five game on Hobodreef in the Noord-Brabant town, the Telegraaf reports.
The police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Monday for taking a firearm to his school in Rotterdam Zuid. The illegal gun belongs to his parents, who were also arrested. The gun was found in a 15-year-old classmate's bag. This boy was also arrested, AD reports.
A spokesperson for the police would not tell AD whether the firearm was loaded, or which school was involved.
The 14-year-old's mother called the school because the boy had the gun over the weekend and she was worried that he took it to school with him. The school then called the police.
An exam assignment for Police Academy students in Rotterdam led to the arrest of a suspect who has an outstanding prison sentence of eight years in Albania. What the man was convicted of in the Balkan country, the police did no say, AD reports.
For the assignment, the police officers in training organized a check on Willemsplein with the Tax Authority. In addition to the fugitive's arrest, the action also yielded over 57 thousand euros in outstanding debts, 10 fines, two confiscated knives, a confiscated firearm, and 13 confiscated cars.
Police officers were present at five secondary school locations in Culemborg on Monday morning after a video showing a firearm appeared on social media. The video may be linked to one of the schools, according to the police. "We'd rather be safe than sorry", the police said, according to NU.nl.
The police are "constantly monitoring" the situation, but stress that there is no reason to assume that there is an actual threat. Lessons at the schools continued as usual.
Several citizens alerted the police to the video on Sunday. Who posted the video is not yet clear.
Two men from Hengelo were arrested on Monday on suspicion of involvement in the murder of four men in Enschede earlier this month. The two are also suspected of a serious violent crime committed in Hengelo, the police said in a statement.
The incident in Hengelo happened on November 7th. A man was assaulted, threatened with a firearm and shots were fired, the police said. The suspects are 32 and 57 years old. They were arrested in a house in Hengelo and on the A1 near Enter.
The police searched part of the Delft University of Applied Sciences on Wednesday after a report of a man with a firearm. No firearm was found and no one was arrested, NU.nl reports.
Police officers in bulletproof vests responded to TU Delft in large numbers.
The building searched belonged ot the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering.
The police in Bergen op Zoom arrested a man on Thursday evening for waving a firearm around in the vicinity of children. The same man was arrested a week earlier, then because he was walking around with a weapon in his waistband, RTL Nieuws reports.
In last week's incident, the weapon turned out to be fake. Then the police were only able to arrest him after firing a warning shot.