Zuid-Holland

Refugee camp in Idlib, Syria
Nov 11 '19 14:01

A court in Den Haag ordered the Netherlands to quickly bring 56 children of Dutch parents back to the country from Syrian detention and displacement camps. The case was filed on behalf of 23 mothers living in the camps.

In its verdict, the court noted that "the children have not chosen to go to Syria or to stay in Syria. They are sitting there now because their parents have chosen to travel to the Caliphate and join IS."

Europol building in The Hague
Nov 11 '19 11:45

Dutch police arrested 70 people last week in a cooperative effort to tackle those suspected of mobile banditry, a catch-all term for people who travel around to engage in criminal acts like theft, burglary, fraud, identity fraud, and drug trafficking. The suspects in these cases often work across international borders, requiring assistance from policing agencies like Europol, Interpol, and other national police forces.

800 kilos of cocaine found at the port of Rotterdam in a banana shipment from Ecuador, 16 Oct 2019
Nov 11 '19 10:52

Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, authorities at the Port of Rotterdam this year have already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an investigation by De Telegraaf. Some 23 thousand kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the largest port in Europe, a 28 percent increase over the 18 thousand kilograms captured during all of last year.

Sinterklaas arrival in Hoofddorp with Zwarte Piet in blackface
Nov 11 '19 08:00

Activists seek personal protection: Protest organization Kick Out Zwarte Piet has scrapped its public schedule after a violent attack on its activists in Den Haag, wrote Nu.nl, and a threat of rioting at the group's planned roundtable discussion in Hengelo. The Hengelo event set for Monday was cancelled by city politicians at the last minute, according to Tubantia.

The Maas river in Venlo, Limburg
Nov 11 '19 07:15

The Maas river in Limburg has been contaminated with a pesticide, making it no longer suitable to serve as a source of drinking water, according to broadcaster 1Limburg. Double the acceptable amount of prosulfocarb was found In the river announced the WML, the publicly owned utility that provides water for over a half million households and businesses in Limburg.

The contamination from the herbicide was first discovered 11 days ago. “We know for sure that this substance comes from Belgium,” said Koen Augustijn, spokesperson for WML, in an interview with the regional broadcaster.

A car destroyed outside a meeting of anti-racism activists
Nov 9 '19 14:13

Five people were arrested in Den Haag on Friday night, accused of attempted arson and a violent assault against anti-Zwarte Piet activists meeting there, police said. Dozens of people were gathered in the former school building to discuss their activism against the use of blackface and racist caricatures in the Netherlands, when dozens more tried to storm the facility.

Karin Heemskerk
Nov 8 '19 15:00

Police in the Netherlands continued a large-scale search on Friday for a woman missing since October 27. Karin Heemskerk, 51, was last seen leaving her Leiden home at 11:45 p.m.

"Since then, there is no trace of her," police said in a statement. After investigating the case, authorities decided to search the area between Leiden, Vlietland, and Voorschoten.

A team of over seventy people were conducting the search on Friday. Police were to be joined by the Veterans Search Team, volunteers with experience in policing and the military.

Forensic evidence collection at fatal Rotterdam shooting
Nov 8 '19 11:30

Police arrested a 33-year-old Rotterdam man in connection with a fatal shooting on Wednesday night. Police did not say if the suspect is believed to have pulled the trigger in an attack on a car on the Pusebocht in Rotterdam-Zuid between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The victim was in a light-colored Opel Astra, witnesses said, when a gunman approached wearing dark clothing. He fired between six and eight shots and ran from the scene, according to newspaper AD.

The Rotterdam skyline
Nov 5 '19 10:10

Residents of the Netherlands are the best non-native English speakers in the world, according to the EF English Proficiency Index. The residents of Rotterdam score best on their English proficiency, closely followed by Amsterdam and The Hague. 

Firefighting_in_Russia_in_December_2010
Nov 5 '19 07:38

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Geboorte church in Hoogmade, near Leiden was severely damaged in a fire on Monday. The spire collapsed and there are concerns about the stability of the rest of the tower and church. The fire department will soon investigate whether the building has to be demolished. Local residents are devastated. 

Geert Wilders speaking with the media
Oct 29 '19 15:55

The suspect accused of threatening far right leader Geert Wilders, and preparing a terrorist plot, should be sent to prison for six years, the Public Prosecution (OM) said during closing statements against Junaid I. in court on Tuesday. Wilders was present in the courtroom earlier in the day, but declined the opportunity afforded him to make a statement as one of the victims in the case, saying he only wanted to look into the eyes of the suspect.

2019 Groningen movie theater murders
Oct 27 '19 09:31

The two people found dead at a Pathé movie theater in Groningen were a married couple in their fifties. Gina and Marinus were working for a cleaning company contracted for janitorial services at the movie theater and may have stumbled upon a burglary attempt, a relative of the victims told newspaper AD.

Jihadist
Oct 25 '19 16:55

Authorities in the Netherlands arrested a Dutch man at Schiphol Airport after Swedish officials accused the man of producing terrorist propaganda, the Dutch prosecution service OM said on Friday. He was living in Sweden for the past three years and was deported on Wednesday as an undesirable alien, the OM stated.

The 28-year-old was “was arrested after arrival at Schiphol on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.”

He became the focus of an investigation because of his online behavior, which uncovered ties to ISIS, the OM said.

Suspects in May 17, 2018 Delft grenade bombings
Oct 25 '19 14:31

A 42-year-old man suspected of detonating hand grenades at two coffeeshops in Delft was convicted on Friday and sentenced to ten years in prison. The man prosecutors alleged was his accomplice was acquitted on charges related to the grenades, but convicted and sentenced to under two years in prison for separate weapons offenses, according to RTL News.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Oct 14 '19 10:20

A super expensive Lamborghini that formed part of a wedding procession was severely damaged in an accident in Maasdijk on Sunday night. The Lamborghini Haracan Spyder, with a new value of over 300 thousand euros, crashed into a delivery van at high speed and then came to a standstill against a pole, NOS reports.

The accident happened when the Lamborghini entered an intersection at high speed, according to the broadcaster. A fight broke out after the collision. One of the participants in the wedding procession spat in the face of the delivery van driver. One person was arrested.

Johan Remkes speaking at a VVD event
Oct 9 '19 14:20

VVD politician Johan Remkes was asked to be the interim mayor for The Hague, Omroep West reports based on sources. He agreed to take the position, according to the broadcaster. 

After the resignation of VVD mayor Pauline Krikke, in the midst of two major scandals in the city, the municipality of The Hague is looking for a replacement for at least a year. Remkes was asked to fill this position, as the municipality believes he can return stability and calm to the city.

Binnenhof, Netherlands Parliament
Oct 8 '19 08:41

State Secretary Raymond Knops of Home Affairs is very doubtful that the large-scale renovation of the Binnenhof in The Hague can start as planned next year, he said in a letter to parliament. He is considering postponing the major redo of the political heart of the Netherlands by one year, starting in the summer of 2021, NOS reports.

Jaap Smit
Oct 7 '19 07:56

The Commissioner of the King in Zuid Holland, Jaap Smit, will announce who will be acting mayor of The Hague within a few days. The city is looking for an interim mayor, because Pauline Krikke announced her resignation as mayor with immediate effect on Sunday.

Pauline Krikke resigns as Den Haag mayor
Oct 6 '19 18:09

A week of scandal in Den Haag has led the city's mayor to tender her resignation on Sunday. Pauline Krikke, of conservative party VVD, was appointed to the job and first took office on March 17, 2017, and previously spent 12 years as the mayor of Arnhem and seven years on Amsterdam's city council

Den Haag City Council as of Nov. 30, 2018
Oct 2 '19 16:45

A corruption scandal in the city council of Den Haag has led to the collapse of that city's governing body. On Tuesday, prosecutors revealed that the homes and offices of two aldermen from political faction "Groep de Mos/Hart voor Den Haag" (GDM) were raided by officials in a bribes-for-permits investigation.

Cash seized in a Colombian cocaine investigation
Oct 1 '19 22:25

Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.

Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand. 

Starbucks
Sep 24 '19 10:32

The tax agreements the Netherlands made with Starbucks are not equivalent to state aid, the European General Court ruled on Tuesday, annulling a previous ruling by the European Commission.

Cash and Rolex watches found in a Zwijndrecht home, 13 September 2019
Sep 19 '19 17:00

Police investigating a home invasion were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of euros in cash and several expensive watches, seemingly overlooked by a group of burglars who were in the home moments earlier.

Three burglars invaded a home in Zwijndrecht, Zuid-Holland last week, and locked up a resident in the basement while they searched the home. The resident managed to escape and call the police after the robbers fled the home.

A Ministry of Defense explosive removal expert with explosive robot Telemax
Sep 19 '19 08:29

Around 200 landmines from the Second World War were found in a field in 's-Gravendeel in Zuid-Holland on Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense's explosives disposal department will remove the landmines and safely detonate them elsewhere on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

The owner of the field found the explosives while he was working on the land on Wednesday morning, a police spokesperson said to the newspaper. According to the Defense explosive experts, they do not pose a danger to the environment. Still, the site will be guarded until the mines have been removed.

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