In a major investigation into so-called criminal facilitators, the FIOD uncovered a large network of drug, weapons and anabolic steroids traffickers. Six people from Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland were arrested over the past months. The FIOD seized 450 thousand euros in cash and bank balances, and over a million euros worth of ecstasy, steroids and medicines, AD reports.
Emergency services found the body of an as yet unidentified person after a large fire in three homes in Hillegom on Thursday. The police are working on identifying the victim, NU.nl reports.
The fire started in the homes on Stationsweg early on Thursday morning. Most residents managed to get out safely. Initially two persons were noted as missing, but one was later found. It is not yet clear whether the body found is that of the still missing resident.
Two people may be missing after a large fire in a building in Hillegom where squatters live on Thursday morning. It is unclear whether the two persons are inside the burning building, or elsewhere, according to the fire department, NU.nl reports.
Surrounding homes were evacuated. A total of three buildings on Stationsweg are on fire, a spokesperson for the Hollands Midden fire brigade said to the newspaper ."The flames came from the first floor and the attic. The roof collapsed completely." The fire is now under control.
A 14-year-old boy injured three police officers while resisting arrest in Hillegom, Zuid-Holland on Thursday. The boy was pulled over for driving a scooter without a helmet through the village, ANP reports.
The teenager started by insulting and threatening the two female cops who pulled him over. When they told him he was under arrest, he lost it and attacked the two officers. One officer was kicked in the face three times by the boy. He also injured a third officer who arrived at the incident as backup.
Almost 11 percent of children in the Netherlands were receiving treatment from youth support last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday. Youth support helps and treats kids below the age of 18 who have psychological problems, mental disorders or educational problems.
Earlier in August the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military - broke down a drug line run through postal packages. Four suspects were arrested, the Marechaussee announced on Thursday.
Police working at Schiphol Airport arrested four men in December suspected of stealing a valuable truckload. The Marechaussee, the policing branch of the Dutch armed forces, caught the men red-handed as they tried to steal cargo worth roughly two million euros.