Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries has died nine days after he was shot in an Amsterdam street, RTL News has reported. The attack happened after he made a regular appearance on a current affairs television show. Mr de Vries is one of the Netherlands’ best-known crime reporters and has won critical acclaim for his fearless reporting on the Dutch underworld.
Celebrity Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, known for his investigative work exposing the criminal underworld, is “fighting for his life” after being shot in the Netherlands’ capital. De Vries, 64, is an award-winning crime reporter. In 2008, he won an International Emmy Award in the news and current affairs category for his undercover investigation into the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba three years before.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, projections show. Victory hands Mr Rutte a mandate to form a new coalition government. His last government resigned in January over a child welfare fraud scandal. He conceded that “not everything has gone well in the last 10 years” but said the main challenge was to rebuild the country after the Covid-19 pandemic.
The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads is to be cut to 100km/h (62mph) in a bid to tackle a nitrogen oxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was a “rotten measure” but necessary. The existing limit of up to 130km/h will still be permitted at night.
Dutch police have arrested a man they call the main suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and five others wounded on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday. Police arrested Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey. A motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.
A gunman has opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, killing one person and injuring several others, reports say. The area in the west of the city has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene. Authorities said the gunman is still at large. Police have asked people to stay away from the area and schools to keep their doors closed. They say they are investigating a “possible terrorist motive”.
Emile Ratelband a 69-year-old Dutch man is suing to be allowed to legally change his birth certificate to reflect that he is 20 years younger than his real age. Ratelband cited the fact that people are eligible to change their name and gender in his argument. Ratelband hopes to boost his online dating prospects.
Seven men were arrested on suspicion of planning an extremist attack in the Netherlands on Thursday. Authorities carried out a month-long investigation after the Dutch intelligence tipped off the Police about the plot. The attack was planned for a large event to cause multiple casualties. Authorities believe the terror plot would have been performed with AK-47 guns, grenades, and a car bomb.
A metro train that overran the stop blocks at a station outside Rotterdam has been left balancing 10 meters above ground on the plastic tail of a whale sculpture. The metro driver was reportedly able to free himself from the train without injury after the incident shortly after midnight on Monday morning. There were no passengers on board.
A Netherlands court rejected the request of 69-year-old Emile Ratelband to take 20 years off his official age on Monday. Ratelband argued changing his official age would improve his prospects in job searches and on Tinder. The court rejected the claim saying the change would result in ‘undesirable legal and societal implications.’