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Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 07:24

Hundreds of environmental activists are demonstrating for more measures against climate change in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Action group Extinction Rebellion is blocking access to the Stadhouderskade at the Rijksmuseum, NOS reports.

Skyline of Cairo, Egypt
Oct 4 '19 11:00

A 43-year-old man from Amsterdam who was arrested for recording videos with a drone at his hotel in Cairo, has been released, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. Pieter Bas Habes has been ordered to leave Egypt as quickly as possible, and the Dutch embassy will help him in this. He is doing well, though he needs some time to rest, the Ministry said, NOS reports.

"It is going well and we are very happy", Habes' lawyer said to NOS. The Amsterdam man is expected back in the Netherlands soon. Then more information about his release will be available, the lawyer said.

Deventer city hall
Oct 4 '19 09:24

A person was found dead in the city hall of Deventer on Friday morning. The police are currently investigating whether the person died in a crime or from natural causes.

The police were called to the scene at 8:08 a.m.

So far nothing is known about the identity of the victim. Whether they worked at the city hall, is not clear. Deventer's city hall is open to the public, so the victim may have been a visitor..

The police, including a forensic doctor and technical detectives, are at the scene to investigate, according to De Stentor

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Oct 3 '19 07:57

Two men were abducted by armed from from a home in Roosendal on Monday night, the police said on Wednesday. They were pushed into a stolen car, threatened and beaten. Four hours later the two wounded men were released in a forest in the Rotterdam district of Hoogvliet.

Erik Akerboom
Oct 3 '19 07:42

Drug crime has become so big in the Netherlands partly because of inconsistent policy regarding the police, National Police Chief Erik Akerboom said in an interview with the Volkskrant.

"The up and down policy of successive cabinets means we cannot build a good position in the neighborhood. That you cannot build, stable long-term intelligence positions because you are always being asked to do something else", Akerboom said. As a result, the police lost sight of young criminals that start out as drug runners and grow into drug lords. 

Police officer attacked by a member of a wedding procession on Westzeedijk in Rotterdam, 30 August 2019
Oct 2 '19 09:05

The police released new video footage of a police officer being assaulted by members of a wedding procession in Rotterdam at the end of August. The video, shown on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday, shows a man attacking the officer from behind, knocking him out. The perpetrator of the assault managed to get away and is still at large. 

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Oct 1 '19 17:00

The Limburg police discovered a massive drug lab in Kerkrade on Monday evening. This is the second largest drug lab ever found in the Netherlands, a spokesperson for the Limburg police said to NU.nl.

The spokesperson called it an "illegal chemical plant" and said that local residents escaped a "disaster", due to a big risk of the lab exploding. The National Dismantling Support Facility is currently helping the police with mapping the laboratory. After that the complex will be dismantled.

Skyline of Cairo, Egypt
Oct 1 '19 15:10

Pieter Bas Habes, a 43-year-old man from Amsterdam, disappeared after apparently being arrested in Egypt over a week ago. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is doing its "utmost" to find out where he is, the Volkskrant reports.

1,500 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam, hidden in a banana shipment from Colombia, 29 Sept 2019
Oct 1 '19 13:30

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb wants to station Dutch police- and customs officers in Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking. The port of Rotterdam is one of the main transit ports for Colombian cocaine. The Rotterdam mayor is therefore currently visiting the Colombian port city of Cartagena to see how he can improve cooperation with local authorities, NOS reports.

Smart traffic camera
Oct 1 '19 12:40

From today the police will use so-called smart traffic cameras to catch drivers using their phones and other electronic devices while driving. The intention is to reduce distractions behind the wheel and thereby increase road safety, the police said in a statement.

Farmers on tractors on their way to protest in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Oct 1 '19 11:50

Hundreds of farmers are gathering in The Hague to protest on Tuesday. So far two farmers were arrested. One for driving his tractor through barricades set up by the police. The other for interfering in the first farmer's arrest, the police said on Twitter. The protest starts on the Malieveld at 1:00 p.m.

Police at the scene of a shooting on Nieuwe Binnenweg in Rotterdam, 29 Sept 2019
Oct 1 '19 08:39

Three men were arrested in connection with a shooting at a coffee bar on Nieuwe Binnenweg in Rotterdam on Sunday night, including the man who was injured in the shooting. Investigators are looking for witnesses and anyone who may have camera footage or photos of the incident.

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Sep 30 '19 16:45

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.

90 Groningen football fans arrested on Scheldeplein in Amsterdam before a match between Ajax and FC Groningen, 28 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 14:40

A total of 90 football supporters from Groningen were arrested in Amsterdam before the match between Ajax and FC Groningen on Saturday. According to the police, the Groningen supporters came to Amsterdam to start a fight with Ajax supporters. They were each fined 120 euros and released after the match, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam said to AD on Sunday.

Ribbons and messages praising Derk Wiersum
Sep 30 '19 11:20

The police believe that a white delivery van was used as a getaway car after the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum outside his home on Imstenrade in Amsterdam. Witness statements and video footage showed a white vehicle "similar to a Fiat Doblo" driving away from the area immediately after Wiersum was gunned down on Sepember 18th, the police said on Sunday.

Emergency services at the scene of a failed ATM bombing on Van Limburg Stirumstraat in Amsterdam, 30 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 08:11

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. 

Sep 30 '19 07:55

The team chief of the Haarlemmermeer police was suspended so that allegations of sexual harassment against him can be investigated. The man is suspected of sexual assault and texting sexual messages to a female police officer working under him, NRC reports based on sources within the police. 

Anja Schouten, the unit chief for the Noord-Holland police, confirmed to NRC that an "exploratory investigation" is ongoing, but would say nothing further. 

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Sep 30 '19 07:30

A 26-year-old man from Rotterdam was seriously hurt in a shooting at a cafe in the center of the city on Sunday night. The victim was rushed to hospital, the police said. Around 10 shots were fired with an automatic firearm, bystanders told broadcaster NOS.

The shooting happened at around 9:30 p.m. at coffee bar Roffa Coffee on Nieuwe Binnenweg. The street was pretty crowded at the time. Witnesses reported seeing a car with Belgian license plates leave the scene after the shooting. 

Liquid cocaine found hidden in a shipment of live fish that arrived at Schiphol, 4 Sept 2019
Sep 27 '19 18:00

An unusual delivery of live fish caught the attention of Amsterdam police hook, line, and sinker. Investigating officers found the aquatic animals swimming around hidden compartments filled with liquid cocaine.

It started on Sept. 4 when police officers on stakeout witnessed dozens of boxes being loaded into vans at Schiphol airport. The delivery vehicles left a holding area for animal cargo and traveled to a storage facility in Amsterdam where the boxes were offloaded, police said.

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Sep 27 '19 17:10

While searching a warehouse on Piusstraat in Tilburg this week, the police found over 550 thousand euros in cash and large amounts of soft drugs. Two suspects were arrested, the police said in a statement.

The police raided a property on Piusstraat, on which two warehouses are located, on Wednesday morning. In the one warehouse, the police found nearly 30 thousand joints, 70 kilograms of cannabis, and 20 kilograms of hash. The drugs were seized and removed from the site. There was also a safe, which the police could not get open immediately.

Parakeet arrested with his shoplifting owner in Utrecht, Sept 2019
Sep 27 '19 15:30

The Utrecht police recently made a strange arrest. When responding to a report of shoplifting, the police arrested a man. And his parakeet companion, the police said on Instagram.

"During the arrest we found a sneaky witness with feathers and beak on the suspect's shoulder", the police said. 

Once at the police detention center, the arresting officers realized that they did not have a cell or cage for this newly arrested jailbird. 

Bisnoepersad 'Roy' Hari
Sep 27 '19 14:30

The police in Suriname are looking for two Dutch men of Surinamese descent who disappeared in the country ten days ago. The missing men are Bisnoepersad 'Roy' Hari and Romeo Donk. The local police think that the men's disappearances are connected, and fear that they have been murdered, police spokesperson Humphrey Naarden said to the Telegraaf.

Hari's burnt out car was found outside the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo shortly after his disappearance on September 17th.

Climate strike on Koekamp in The Hague, 27 September 2019
Sep 27 '19 13:48

Thousands of kids, young people and adults flooded to Koekamp in The Hague on Friday afternoon to protest for a more effective climate policy. By around 1:00 p.m., when the protest was set to start, The Hague Central Station was completely packed with people. "Stay calm and follow the directions of NS personnel", the police advised on Twitter. 

Flowers at Derk Wiersum's office
Sep 27 '19 10:29

After the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in front of his Amsterdam home last week, the city is offering extra security to a large number of people. Many also connected to the case around alleged drug gang leader Ridouan Taghi. This extra security is necessary, but comes at the expense of Amsterdam's police capacity, mayor Femke Halsema and Jan Pronker of the Amsterdam police said in a city council debate on Thursday.

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