Rotterdam

Crime scene
May 7 '18 11:00

The number of registered crimes in the Netherlands decreased again last year and is now back at the level of 1980, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. Crime in the Netherlands increased steadily at the start of this century, but decreased considerably over the past few years. Last year 49 crimes were registered per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to 93 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2001 and 2002, NOS reports.

Orlando Boldewijn was found dead in the Böttgerwater in The Hague on 26 Feb 2018
May 2 '18 16:20

Roy B., a 27-year-old man from The Hague suspected of involvement in Rotterdam teen 's death, left the 17-year-old boy to die. He did not sound alarm when he saw Orlando in the water of a lake in Ypenburg after their date, a source close to the investigation said to newspaper AD. 

Vehicle shot at on Achterharingvliet in Rotterdam, 27 April 2018
Apr 27 '18 11:50

Five people were arrested after a shooting on Achterharingvliet in Rotterdam city center on Friday morning. No one was injured in the shooting, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The police believe that shots were fired from a vehicle at a van. The police immediately stopped a van and arrested the five people in side. 

The other car sped away towards the A16. 

Police guard in a detention center
Apr 26 '18 11:00

The police arrested a 33-year-old woman in an investigation into the death of a baby in Rotterdam. The woman is the mother of the 7-month-old boy, the police said in a statement.

The child was in Rotterdam-West on Wednesday morning. A mobile medical team was deployed to the scene, but the baby boy could not be saved.

Anti-terrorism unit DSI during a drill in the port of Rotterdam, April 2016
Apr 26 '18 08:38

Anti-terrorism unit DSI performed a major drill at Rotterdam subway station Blaak during the early hours of Thursday morning. They practiced a scenario involving a terrorist attack happening on King's Day, NOS reports.

Dozens of extras decked out in orange clothing took part in the drill, to make the exercise as realistic as possible. Multiple volunteers played injured people. During the exercise, members of the DSI had to disable the "terrorists" and evacuate the wounded, according to the broadcaster. Dozens of DSI members took part in the drill.

Crime scene tape
Apr 25 '18 11:10

The body of a baby was found in a home on Mathenesserdijk in Rotterdam-West on Wednesday morning. The police are at the scene, AD reports.

At this stage nothing is known about the circumstances in which the baby died. According to the police, the child was 7 months old. 

The police closed down the area with crime scene tape. Forensic Investigators are also at the scene.

The parents of the child were in the home when the police arrived, according to AD. The father was taken to a police station for a statement. 

Euros
Apr 24 '18 12:10

Almost all regions in the Netherlands saw economic growth last year. The Groningen region was the only one to see its economy shrink. The regions around Eindhoven and Almere saw the strongest growth, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

In both the Eindhoven and Almere regions, the economy grew by 4.9 percent last year compared to 2016. In Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant - Eindhoven and its surroundings - last year's economic growth was mainly supported by industry and business services. In Almere, lease companies in particular contributed to the economic growth. 

Orlando Boldewijn was found dead in the Böttgerwater in The Hague on 26 Feb 2018
Apr 23 '18 09:45

A 27-year-old man from The Hague was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of involvement in the death of 17-year-old from Rotterdam. The suspect is the owner of a fishing boat on which Oralndo was seen the night of his disappearance, a source told newspaper AD.

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Apr 18 '18 13:10

Over the past year multiple elderly people were abused in nursing home De Leeuwenhoek in Rotterdam by staff and fellow residents, Trouw reports based on witness testimony and supporting documents.

The abuse ranges from verbal aggression to physical violence, according to the newspaper. An anonymous source also told Trouw that staff steal from the elderly residents and that the residents sometimes don't get the medicine they need.

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Apr 17 '18 07:28

On Monday the police arrested four Dutch-Moroccan men on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. The men discussed an attack on the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.

Ambulance
Apr 16 '18 07:38

An angry motorist forced an ambulance off the road on Westzeedijk in Rotterdam on Sunday morning. The ambulance was on its way to provide medical assistance on Marconiplein, but without flashing lights or sirens. The motorist blocked its way, AD reports.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
Apr 12 '18 11:50

An increasing number of Amsterdam residents are looking for a home in The Hague or Rotterdam as housing prices in the Dutch capital are increasingly unaffordable, Dutch realtors association NVM said with the release of its quarterly figures on Thursday. These two cities are now also seeing housing price increases far above national average, NU.nl reports. 

houe for sale/sold sign
Apr 11 '18 16:20

Homebuyers in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to the suburbs as home prices in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague continue to rise, according to homeowners association Vereniging Eigen Huis. First time buyers can no longer afford buying in one of the large cities, AD reports.

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Apr 11 '18 16:20

Homebuyers in the Netherlands are increasingly turning to the suburbs as home prices in the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague continue to rise, according to homeowners association Vereniging Eigen Huis. First time buyers can no longer afford buying in one of the large cities, AD reports.

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Apr 11 '18 12:20

National Police Chief Erik Akerboom thinks that the use of drugs in the entertainment circuit has become too normalized and he wants to get rid of the "normal image" of this type of consumption, he said at an international police summit in Rotterdam on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Drug fighters from 120 countries are gathered in Rotterdam to learn from each other and make agreements on an international approach to fighting drug trafficking and production.

Hundreds lined up for busses, trams, subways, ferries, and trains at Amsterdam Centraal. 27 Nov 2017
Apr 11 '18 07:40

The fire department in Zuid-Holland had their hands full with reports of flooded houses and cellars, caused by heavy rains during the early hours of Wednesday morning, ANP reports.

Alblasserwaard, with villages such as Alblasserdam and Molenaarsgraaf, in particular had many problems, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Holland-Zuid said to ANP. The control room in nearby Hoeksche Waard also received many calls.

Rotterdam police drop balloons off at the Sophia Children's Hospital, 8 April 2018
Apr 10 '18 12:30

The Rotterdam police surprised the children in the Sophia Children's Hospital on Sunday by dropping off dozens of balloons shaped like Spongebob, Piglet and Nintje, among others. 

The police seized the balloons from a man who was selling them illegally. In consultation with the Public Prosecutor, the police decided to repurpose the balloons to put a smile on the faces of kids admitted to the Sophia Children's Hospital.

Police at an apartment building on Stationstraat in Schiedam where the body of a newborn baby was found on a second floor balcony, 7 April 2018
Apr 9 '18 08:20

The body of a newborn baby was found on the balcony of a flat on Stationstraat in Schiedam on Saturday afternoon. The Rotterdam police are urgently looking for the parents of the child. "We are particularly concerned about the mother, who may need medical or psychological care", the lead investigator said in a statement on the police website.

4,500 kg of cocaine found in a container at the port of Antwerp, Feb 2018
Apr 5 '18 13:40

Increasing violence and drug trafficking in Antwerp has its roots in Netherlands organized crime, according to Antwerp mayor Bart de Wever. "The drug problems in terms of cocaine trafficking have moved from Rotterdam to Antwerp in recent years. Which means that the Netherlands owes a debt to the rest of Europe", he said to Nieuwsuur.

Call for information on Rotterdam murder of Ergin Başakçi in Amsterdam, 5 April 2018
Apr 5 '18 10:13

In the investigation into the murder of Ergin Başakçi in Rotterdam last year, the police are turning to Amsterdam, Delft and Diemen. More and more clues are pointing towards these cities. The Public Prosecutor offered a reward of 20 thousand euros for information that leads to the solving of this case, the police said in a statement.

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Mar 30 '18 15:20

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is calling for a pay increase for the municipal councilors in the large Dutch cities. 

Currently councilors in municipalities with 357,001 or more inhabitants receive around 2,300 euros gross. Aboutaleb wants this to increase to 2,800 euros gross, Het Parool reports.

"Officially, councilor is a secondary function, but that is really nonsense", Aboutaleb said on Friday, according to the newspaper. "In practice, the council work takes up three to four days [per week]." 

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Mar 30 '18 10:40

The police raided several properties in The Hague on Thursday in an investigation into the forgery of documents used to make people eligible for homes they are not entitled to. Data of hundreds of people who may of been 'helped' in this way was found. There are also signals that this type of fraudulent practice is happening in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said to Het Parool.

Orlando Boldewijn was found dead in the Böttgerwater in The Hague on 26 Feb 2018
Mar 29 '18 08:23

The police want to make contact with the people who gave anonymous tips regarding the whereabouts of 17-year-old from Rotterdam, specifically the person who told the police where to find his body. "We would like the anonymous tipsters to report themselves", a police spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

Rotterdam Centraal
Mar 27 '18 08:24

Several platforms at Rotterdam Central Station were evacuated on Tuesday morning after the discovery of an abandoned bag. The owner of the bag was arrested. According to the police, he is "disturbed" and being questioned. 

Early reports say that wires were seen protruding from the bag. The bag was discovered shortly after 8:00 a.m., just as morning rush hour was getting under way. Platforms 2, 3 and 4 were evacuated as a precaution, the police said on Twitter. Reporters at the scene say that tracks 2 to 7 were cleared. 

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