Dutch police car
May 25 '20 18:45

A Rotterdam police officer was remanded into custody on Monday, accused of drug possession, breaching official confidentiality laws, on-duty corruption, and money laundering.The 30-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday.

The investigation into the officer began after police received a tip, "which led to a suspicion that information was being leaked by a police officer," the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said. The 30-year-old was working as a hoofdagent, a supervisory police officer that leads team strategy.

A drone hovers above the helipad on the Pioneering Spirit, moored at the Port of Rotterdam
May 24 '20 17:00

The Port of Rotterdam kicked off a trial on Friday to determine how effectively drones can be used to supply cargo ships. The pilot project, jointly set up by Dutch Drone Delta, Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is set to test the implications of drone technology in Europe's largest port.

The phased trial, expected to continue for several years, will initially see drone delivery being directly monitored by human observers before a gradual shift to remote handling, the port authorities said.

Cocaine found at the Port of Rotterdam in an empty sea container
May 23 '20 08:21

A batch of 550 kilograms of cocaine was found in an empty sea container at the Port of Rotterdam on Monday. As part of the ensuing investigation, authorities arrested nine alleged drug smugglers at the port over the past week, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said in a statement.

"The narcotics were presumably taken from a recently arrived container and transferred to the empty container for subsequent collection," the OM said in a statement. "In the past few days, nine so-called 'extractors' have been arrested."

An area cordoned off by police
May 22 '20 18:50

Two men and two women were arrested last week in connection with the February kidnapping of a 65-year-old Rotterdam woman. All four suspects were remanded into custody, police said on Friday, while prosecutors and officers press ahead with their investigation.

The alleged kidnapping took place on the Eliotplaats in Rotterdam on February 9 when the woman was taken in a van and held captive. “On February 11, a ransom was paid and the kidnappers released the woman on a public road in Zaandam,” police stated.

Hague police officer
May 21 '20 18:16

An explosive device was found outside a cafe in Rotterdam's ​Kralingen-Crooswijk neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, prompting an immediate evacuation of the vicinity, the police have confirmed. It was the same location that was shot at nine days ago.

So far, there is no indication as to whether or not the two incidents are related, according to the police. "We have to check. But it did happen at the same place, so we have to get to the bottom of it," a spokesperson told NL Times.

Amsterdam street largely abandoned due to coronavirus restrictions, 18 March 2020
May 19 '20 18:20

Covid-19 restrictions may remain in place in the city of Amsterdam even after other parts of the Netherlands move closer to a full reopening, the city's mayor Femke Halsema said on Tuesday. This would be done with an eye toward preventing a rapid resurgence in Covid-19 infections in the city, which carries greater risks due to its urban density, she said.

"I’m sorry if I am putting a damper on the atmosphere, but we must realize how vulnerable we are," Halsema told the city council in a mixed in-person and video meeting on Tuesday afternoon, according to local broadcaster AT5.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
May 19 '20 15:30

Residents in Rotterdam found a 39-year-old man stabbed and bleeding heavily on a stoop in front of a home in the Charlois district early Tuesday morning. One person was taken into custody in connection with the incident, but was later released.

Neighbors called police at about 1:45 a.m. when they found the Polish man with serious injuries. “The victim had suffered several stab wounds and was taken to a hospital,” police said.

14 Dutch arrested for smuggling 1,400 kilos of cocaine found in a warehouse in Antwerp, April 2020
May 19 '20 09:51

A batch of 4,200 kilograms of cocaine seized by the Belgian police in the port of Antwerp last month, is the reason for multiple buildings being shot at and an explosion in Rotterdam over the past days, newspaper AD reports based on "multiple source within and outside the criminal environment". 

Empty classroom
May 18 '20 13:00

Secondary schools will only partially reopen on June 2nd. At least until the summer holidays, most schools will give priority to pupils who need physical education most urgently. Pupils who are performing well in distance learning may only go in for a few discussions with their mentor, Trouw reports after speaking to eight large school boards, covering a total of 131 secondary schools.

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion on Jagthuisstraat in Rotterdam, 18 May 2020
May 18 '20 07:23

There was an explosion at a home on Jagthuisstraat in Rotterdam early on Monday morning, the Rotterdam police said. The building had already been vacated due to an apparent shooting which took place at the location last Thursday. There were no injuries in either incident, and multiple suspects were arrested in Amsterdam over the explosion.

Queen Máxima’s official portrait in 2020
May 17 '20 10:27

The Dutch royal family planned to celebrate Queen Máxima’s 49th birthday at home on Sunday. She was joined by King Willem-Alexander and their three daughters at the Huis ten Bosch, where they were sticking to the government advised social distancing rules, with no celebrations planned.

In the afternoon, the Queen shared her mother's recipe for her favorite cookies, Alfajores, which she baked for her family.

€1.4 million euros worth of cocaine found in two vehicles at an Amsterdam parking garage
May 16 '20 09:00

Two men and a woman were arrested after 54 kilograms of cocaine was found in a vehicle in an Amsterdam parking garage. The cocaine had a street value of over 1.3 million euros, police said.

A 56-year-old woman from Rotterdam, and two Amsterdam men, aged 36 and 39, were taken into custody. The three suspects were remanded into custody for two weeks while the investigation in the case continues, police said.

Rotterdam after the German bombardment of 14 May 1940
May 14 '20 12:10

Today Rotterdam is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the city's bombardment by the Nazis in World War II. Due to restrictions in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the commemoration will be held mainly digitally. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb will lay a wreath at the statue 'The destroyed city', and a memorial program from the Laurenskerk will be broadcast.

1,250 kilos of cocaine destined for the Netherlands seized at the port of Limon in Costa Rica, May 2020
May 13 '20 08:49

The police in Costa Rica intercepted a large amount of cocaine intended for the Netherlands. Over 1,250 kilograms of cocaine were found in the port of Limon, hidden in a shipment of pineapple juice destined for the port of Rotterdam.

The drugs were packaged in 1,250 parcels of 1 kilo each, the local authorities said on Twitter.

Bricks of cocaine found hidden in a shipment of VW Beetles.
May 12 '20 16:40

A shipment of Volkswagen Beetles was found to be hiding 325 kilograms of cocaine. The consignment originated in South America and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam, the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) said.

The cocaine carried a street value of between 13 and 22 million euros, according to addiction advocacy center Jellinek. The drugs were discovered during an inspection at the port on Monday evening, and were subsequently seized and destroyed, the OM said.

Police at the scene of a shooting outside a coffeeshop in Amsterdam Noord, 9 May 2020
May 11 '20 07:57

Multiple gunshots rang out in Rotterdam Noord on Sunday night leaving one man dead. Police were hunting two men wearing dark clothes who fled the scene by car.

Reports of gunfire were repeatedly called in to Rotterdam police between 9:55 and 10:00 p.m. When police officers arrived they found the victim lying on the Bergselaan at the intersection with Ackersdijkstraat.

May 8 '20 08:57

Police officers in Rotterdam investigating a report of camel walking loose on the street found an ostrich roaming around instead. The officers were dispatched just after 6:30 a.m. on Friday to the Kiotoweg, part of an industrial area on the outskirts of the city’s northwest side.

The large, flightless bird had escaped from an open patch of land nearby where two ostriches wander around. After some struggle, the bird was herded into a police van and returned to its home, local broadcaster Rijnmond reported.

Drone light show ends Liberation Day in Rotterdam, 5 May 2020
May 6 '20 08:23

Performance art installation Franchise Freedom closed Liberation Day in the Netherlands with a drone light show over the Maas river, which Rotterdam residents could enjoy through their windows, from their balconies and from the gardens. A swarm of 300 drones lit up the Rotterdam sky as "an ode to freedom and as a tribute to everyone working day and night to ensure the freedom and health of others," the Rotterdam Partners said. 

Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam
May 6 '20 08:06

The directors of city and municipal museums wrote a letter to the culture aldermen in their municipalities, asking to also be remembered in coronavirus aid measures. According to them, the 300 million euros made available by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Culture mainly benefits the state-subsidized museums. But municipal and provincially supported museums, which make up 70 percent of the sector, are being overlooked, Het Parool reports.

Apr 28 '20 07:33

While the coronavirus crisis brought massive parts of society to a halt, organized crime continues unhindered. There is no visible reduction in the amount of trafficked drugs discovered in Rotterdam, and a first batch of cocaine has already been found in a shipment of medical supplies that was shipped to the United Kingdom, according to Rotterdam police chief Fred Westerbeke. "Criminals adapt very quickly," he said to AD.

A police dog celebrating King’s Day at home. April 27, 2020
Apr 27 '20 19:06

Police in the Netherlands issued 719 fines for social distancing violations over the long King's Day weekend, authorities said at the end of Monday afternoon. More fines were handed out on Saturday, 345, than on Sunday, when 309 people were ticketed.

Officers followed that up by giving out just 65 tickets on Monday, as of 4 p.m. Police said the normally bustling holiday was "very quiet" this year.

Kid playing video games
Apr 27 '20 17:30

Reports of someone shouting "Don't shoot! Don't Shoot" had the Rotterdam police responding to a home in Pernis in large numbers over the weekend. But at the scene they found that their bulletproof vests and service weapons were unnecessary - the shouts were a boy playing Fortnite, a community police officer said on Instagram.

Due to the nature of the report - "Don't shoot" definitely suggests involvement of a firearm - the police responded to the home en masse. "According to protocol, we put on our bulletproof vests on the way," the community officer said.

Police speaking with people on the Javaplein in Amsterdam. April 26, 2020
Apr 27 '20 08:26

The Security Council, which consists of the mayors that head the 25 safety regions in the Netherlands, are calling on Netherlands residents to celebrate King's Day at home. If you do have to go outside, make sure to keep 1.5 meters apart, Nijmegen mayor and Security Council chairman Hubert Bruls said on the Security Council website. 

Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam 2020
Apr 23 '20 18:00

City council members in Rotterdam voted on Thursday to approve a plan to organize the Eurovision Song Contest in the city next year. The proposal included 6.7 million euros to help cover the cost to rent out the Ahoy conference center, additional security, and signage around the city.


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