Second body exhumed in investigation into nursing home insulin deaths

Dutch prime minister calls Hungary’s leader ‘shameless’ over refugees

A second body has been exhumed in the investigation into a nursing home assistant suspected of killing several patients with insulin, the AD said on Thursday. Part of the cemetery in Heerjansdam has been screened off and a forensic team are at the location, the paper said. The exhumation follows the arrest of a 21-year-old man from Rotterdam on November 17 in connection with a suspicious death at a nursing home near the city. Since then the investigation has widened and the man is now suspected of killing two more elderly patients. Four other suspicious deaths are under investigation as are six cases in which the patient survived. The investigation began after a woman at a nursing home in Binnenmaas became unexpectedly unwell. She was taken to hospital, where medical staff said they suspected she had been given a dose of insulin. Nursing home officials then called in the police. She survived the incident but investigators identified two other suspicious incidents involving the suspect. In one case, at the same nursing home in Binnenmaas, a nursing home resident died. In the other case, in Rotterdam, a female patient also became unwell.  More >

Denk hijacks PVV Rotterdam launch

Dutch prime minister calls Hungary’s leader ‘shameless’ over refugees A former soldier with Hungarian roots and little political experience will lead the PVV local election campaign in Rotterdam next year. Géza Hegedüs (54) was presented to the press by party leader Geert Wilders in front of the Essalam mosque in the Feijenoord district on Friday morning. Hegedüs, described as a Rotterdammer born and bred, dismissed the offer of coffee and cake from the local imam. ‘It was kindly meant but we don’t need to drink coffee,’ he told the Volkskrant. ‘All the mosques have to go. This is the Netherlands, not Saudi Arabia or North Africa.’ The presentation of PVV’s Rotterdam plans was partially hijacked by the pro multiculture party Denk, whose leadership popped up in front of the same mosque to announce they too would be contesting the Rotterdam election. 'Every time Wilders spreads his words that bring polarisation, fear and hatred, I will be standing opposite him, to counteract him democratically,' party leader Tunahan Kuzu said. 'Of course we chose this moment deliberately. Geert Wilders is sowing division in Rotterdam with his xenophobic statements.' The NRC said the decision by both the PVV and Denk to contest the Rotterdam local vote is part of a trend. Protest ‘New national parties are springing up in protest at the traditional parties and they all now want to move into local politics as well,’ the paper said. ‘That means in Rotterdam Leefbaar (13 councillors) and Islam-inspired local party Nida (three councilors) face serious competition.’ At the last general election, 15.6% of Rotterdammers voted for the PVV and 7.9% voted for Denk. Leefbaar Rotterdam, as a local party, did not take part. Rotterdam has been ruled by a coalition of Leefbaar, D66 and the CDA since the last local elections in 2014 but the alliance has since lost its majority on the city council. Wilders geflankeerd door de lijsttrekker van de PVV in Rotterdam rechts en nummer 2 links van hem. En op de achtergrond staat Kuzu met zijn aanhangers... — robert bas (@robertpbas) December 14, 2017   More >

Decoy bikes lead to big drop in bike theft

Dutch prime minister calls Hungary’s leader ‘shameless’ over refugees The use of decoy bikes fitted with police GPS tracking systems has reduced bike theft by up to 50% in the places where they are being used, economist Ben Vollaard told Thursday's Telegraaf. The paper says Vollaard's research at Tilburg University shows that 'professional criminals' are more likely to disappear when the special bikes are being used. Vollaard looked at 14 places where the decoy bikes were placed, including Dordrecht and Gorinchem. In total, the decoy bikes were used 1,612 times last year and 1,220 arrests were made as a result, the paper said. Police currently have a pool of 300 bikes at their disposal, of which around 70 are electric bikes. All are new bikes from popular brands such as Gazelle or Batavus. By the beginning of October this year, police had received 61,063 reports of stolen bikes, down more than 13,000 on the 2016 total. 'I know that everyone says no-one bothers to report a stolen bike but these are the only figures we have to base policy on,' said Mogjan Yavari of Centrum Fietsendiefstal, which unites police, insurers and manufacturers.  More >

More young teens arrested for murder

Dutch prime minister calls Hungary’s leader ‘shameless’ over refugees The arrest of two 15-year-old boys in Almere for the murder of a classmate earlier this week brings the total number of 16-and-under boys facing murder charges this year to six, the Telegraaf said on Thursday. The latest incident took place on Tuesday evening when 15-year-old Shakil, described by his family as an 'ordinary teenager' was allegedly stabbed to death by the other two boys. Earlier this year, another 15-year-old stabbed a 16-year-old to death in a row over a drugs debt, said to be several hundred euros. He is due to appear in court soon. This summer, 14-year-old Brian N was arrested for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Romy from Hoevlaken and was given the maximum sentence for a juvenile - one year in detention to be followed by treatment in a secure psychiatric unit. A 16-year-old boy is also facing murder charges for the killing of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, this summer. And in September, a 14-year-old was arrested for killing his parents in Katlijk in Friesland. He has admitted murder. The Telegraaf says every year seven or eight minors are arrested for murder in the Netherlands but that they are usually aged 16 and 17.  More >

KPN loses fixed link phone market share

Dutch prime minister calls Hungary’s leader ‘shameless’ over refugees The popularity of all-in-one phone and internet subscriptions has brought Ziggo to within overtaking distance of KPN when it comes to fixed-link telephony, according to research by Telecompaper. The difference between the two companies has shrunk to 0.2%, with Ziggo's market share climbing to 41.4%, Telecompaper said. KPN has been the undisputed leader in the fixed link market since its privatisation in 1989 but the takeover of Ziggo by Liberty Global in 2014 has created a second major power block in the domestic communications market. Ziggo also recently merged with Vodafone Netherlands. At the end of the third quarter of this year, there were just over six million fixed link telephone connections in the Netherlands, down 2% on a year ago, Telecompaper said. In October, the European Court of Justice told the European Commission to re-examine its approval for the merger between cable companies UPC and Ziggo, even though the two companies joined forces two years ago. The original merger was taken to the European court by KPN, which says the commission had not looked properly at the new combine’s market position for sports broadcasting, the Financieele Dagblad reported.  More >