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 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 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.
A possible explosion at a block of flats in Eindhoven has left residents shaken and concerned for their safety. Police told NL Times the apparent blast during the early morning hours on Saturday could have been caused by a heavy explosive, like a hand grenade or a Cobra-6 firework, but an initial investigation was inconclusive.
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 42-year-old man suspected of detonating hand grenades at two coffeeshops in Delft was convicted on Friday and sentenced to ten years in prison. The man prosecutors alleged was his accomplice was acquitted on charges related to the grenades, but convicted and sentenced to under two years in prison for separate weapons offenses, according to RTL News.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in his jail cell on September 10, accused of placing a hand grenade on a mailbox in Amsterdam. The grenade forced an evacuation in the Czaar Peterbuurt in Amsterdam Centrum near the border with the city’s Eastern district.
The explosive was discovered on April 19 at the letterbox belonging to a board member of an Amsterdam Oost mosque, police said. “The police are still investigating the motive,” authorities wrote in a statement.
While not all the violent incidents in Amsterdam Zuidoost over the past weeks can be linked, there is a common thread, Amsterdam police chief Frank Paauw and mayor Femke Halsema said in a city council debate on Thursday. More than conventional measures will be needed to tackle the violence in the district, Halsema said, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested a 29-year-old man from The Hague and a 27-year-old woman from Amsterdam in connection with two hand grenade incidents in Rotterdam in March, the police said in a statement.
Amsterdam is losing the fight against organized crime. The authorities know little about the drug economy and -crime, the police are no longer even trying to fight drugs, and the judiciary failed to tackle the real crime structures, De Telegraaf reports based on a study it has in its possession.
The number of incidents involving illegal hand grenades in the Netherlands is growing explosively, according to researchers Marieke Liem and Katharina Krüsselmann from Leiden University. More such incidents were registered in the past 18 months than in all of the previous ten years. Almost a third of the incidents happened in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Amsterdam triangle of mayor, police and judiciary shares the city council's concerns about the increasing firearm violence in the city and will soon announce additional measures, the triangle said. What exactly these measures will entail is not yet clear, NU.nl reports.
A hand grenade was found in front of a home on Snodenhoekpark in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday evening, the police confirmed to AT5.
The police responded to the scene at around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, after receiving a report that a possible explosive was left at the home's door. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department was called in to investigate. The area around the home was cordoned off while the explosive was examined and safely removed.
A cleaning crew found two hand grenades left outside sisha lounge Pure Lounge on Antwerpsestraatweg in Bergen op Zoom on Tuesday morning. A cleaner found one grenade just outside the lounge's front door, her colleague found the second one in the parking lot, she said to Omroep Brabant.
The municipality of Amsterdam closed the Hotel Parkview on Korte van Eeghenstraat indefinitely on Thursday. Two incidents involving explosives at the hotel seriously affected public order and put local residents in danger, which is why Mayor Femke Halsema decided to close the hotel immediately, the municipality said in a statement.
The Rozengracht in Amsterdam was closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning after a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a local business. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the explosive, but the street is still closed for investigation, AD reports.
The discovery of an explosive, presumably a hand grenade, triggered the evacuation of the Botermarkt in Haarlem on Monday. The square was closed off for several hours while the Ministry of Defense's explosive clearance service removed the explosive to detonate it elsewhere, the police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. The square was released again at around 11:00 a.m., according to newspaper AD.