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Two suspects were arrested after a police chase resulted in a crash. The chase took place shortly after a fatal shooting in Rotterdam. May 29, 2020
May 29 '20 09:06

An early morning shooting in Rotterdam left one man dead in front of a home there. Two people were seen fleeing the scene of the crime, and police said they were captured by authorities a short time later.

It happened just before 7:10 a.m. on Bramentuin in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde, where the gunshot victim succumbed to his injuries. The man died at the scene despite efforts from first responders to resuscitate him.

An area cordoned off by police
May 28 '20 22:16

A man who used an ax to attack people in The Hague Thursday night was shot by police on Thursday. A local news outlet said he suddenly went berzerk and struck a cyclist after he had sat on a bench there for an extended period of time.

Several paramedics crews, including a trauma team in a helicopter, were sent to the street in the Scheveningen district between 6:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The shooting happened at least an hour later.

Hague police officer
May 28 '20 21:07

An 18-year-old Vlaardingen man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of trying to extort sexual favors from over 20 victims using the popular messaging app Snapchat, police confirmed on Thursday.

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.

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."

King Willem-Alexander joined an Iftar meal at the Mandelaplein community center in The Hague, 16 May 2019
May 23 '20 07:25

With the Islamic month of fasting and reflection likely coming to an end on Sunday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima posted messages on social media wishing everyone a nice feast to end Ramadan. The month of dawn-to-dusk fasting draws to a close once the crescent moon is visible after Friday's new moon.

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.

The beach and pavilions in front of the Amrath Hotel Kurhaus in Scheveningen in 2012
May 18 '20 20:09

Bars, catering establishments and rental services that typically dot the beaches of The Hague will not be allowed to trade until June 2, despite calls for a partial reopening ahead of the long holiday weekend, the city's municipality confirmed on Monday. With gorgeous weather predicted, the beach establishments wanted to open their doors early to capitalize on Ascension Day and the extra day off many are getting on Friday.

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.

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.

A KNRM rescue ship in a search mission for six surfers in trouble near Scheveningen. May 11, 2020
May 11 '20 21:37

A massive search and rescue mission was underway Monday evening after a group of six surfers were reported in trouble near the Scheveningen Beach in The Hague. Rescue service KNRM found three of them, and brought them out of the water, two of whom later died, according to the fire department.

An attempt to revive them failed, with witnesses saying they saw two ambulances racing away from the beach. The third person was conscious and speaking with authorities who said six people in total were in trouble, the Coast Guard said.

Brandweer fire department Volkswagen
May 10 '20 13:45

An explosion and ensuing blaze sent firefighters en masse to a high-rise fire in The Hague. The fire was first reported at De Struyck, a student housing complex on Rijwijkseplein, shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Three people suffered injuries and were transported by ambulance to an area hospital, according to the regional emergency services post. Unconfirmed reports said their injuries were due to smoke inhalation. Seven others were treated and released at the scene. 

Hague police officer
May 5 '20 14:38

Police in The Hague have arrested dozens of protesters who had gathered on the Koekamp near the city's Central Station on Tuesday to demonstrate against government lockdown measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the Netherlands. "For not listening to the police or the mayor we have arrested maybe more than 20 or 30 people. They have been taken to the police station" where they could be addressed individually and processed, a police spokesperson told NL Times.

Social distancing in Amsterdam's Oosterpark
Apr 28 '20 14:02

New data from public health agency RIVM showed that 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus died on Monday, and 24 died on Sunday. It brings the total number of deaths connected to the virus up to 4,566.

That represents an overall increase of 48 reported deaths compared to figures released on Monday. The newly-recorded deaths did not all take place in the last few days, with some having taken place in the last week of March.

Medical masks on sale at a store in Amsterdam Oost
Apr 26 '20 13:57

At least 25 new patients with a coronavirus infection entered hospital on Saturday, according to new figures provided by public health agency RIVM on Sunday. It brings the total number of people hospitalized since the end of February up to 10,456.

That includes an overall increase of 75, compared to data released on Saturday. Among those cases are a doubling of known admissions on Friday, from 24 to 48, and other scattered cases dating back to March 15.

Dutch police car
Apr 26 '20 10:04

Two shootings in Dordrecht left one person dead and another injured in separate incidents overnight. In the initial investigations, police were not able to find a connection between the two shootings which took place less than two kilometers apart.

"Two terrible incidents in our city last night, where regrettably one person is dead," said Wouter Kolff, the city's mayor. 

Two people seen filling a Jerry can 30 minutes before a telecom mast was set on fire in Dronten.
Apr 25 '20 08:00

A second suspect was taken into custody on Friday as part of the investigation into a series of arsons targeting telecommunications transmitter masts across the Netherlands. Hours after the arrest was announced, another mast was set on fire in Waddinxveen, Zuid-Holland.

At least 19 masts have caught on fire in various locations over the past few weeks. Police believe arson to be the cause of most if not all of them.

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.

Hague police officer
Apr 16 '20 19:20

Police in the Netherlands said they saved a woman who was being sold as a sex trafficking victim, and managed to arrest the two people responsible for the scheme. The 27-year-old Bulgarian woman was rescued from a home in The Hague while at the same time the arrest took place at a hotel 25 kilometers away in Vlaardingen.

Authorities took a 34-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, both originally from Bulgaria, into custody on Wednesday. "Police tracked down the two suspects because of an online sex advert," law enforcement said on Thursday.

Bicycle accident
Apr 15 '20 14:50

Last year a total of 661 people died in traffic accidents in the Netherlands, a 2.5 percent decrease compared to 2018, according to Statistics Netherlands. The number of fatalities among people in their twenties and thirties increased by nearly a quarter, from 147 in 2018 to 183 in 2019. Half of the people who died on Dutch roads last year were older than 60, the stats office reported on Wednesday.

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