Monday 08 March 2021

Criminality blooms around flower trade, according to new report

Criminality blooms around flower trade, according to new report

A new report has revealed that criminality is flourishing around the flower trade due to its global network and relatively lax controls. The investigation, conducted for a collective of groups including four local councils, the police, public prosecutors and Royal FloraHolland growers’ cooperative, says the entire sector is vulnerable to drug trafficking, money laundering and the exploitation of workers. Bouke Arends, mayor of Westland district, says that more public money is needed urgently to toughen up controls and checks to... More >

Women face jail for dating website con

Two women from Utrecht should be given jail terms for conning four vulnerable men out of a total of €418,000 after pretending to be their love interest, the public prosecution department told a court on Tuesday. The 32-year-old woman approached the men – usually older and divorced – via dating websites and once contact had been established, began to spin tales about her financial difficulties. The other woman, in reality her mother-in-law, played other parts in the story, including that... More >

Explosion at coronavirus test centre

The regional health board testing centre in Bovenkarspel in Noord Holland has been hit by an explosion, but there were no injuries, police say. The explosion happened shortly before 7am and the test centre appears to have been the target, local media report. One security guard was on duty at the time. Broadcaster NOS said a metal pipe exploded outside the building on the Middenweg, but this has not been confirmed. The area has been sealed off while explosives experts... More >

German gangster arrested in Amsterdam

Dutch police have arrested a 60-year-old German national wanted for his role in a string of violent armed robberies, at a private home in a quiet residential street in the west of Amsterdam. Judges will decide on Wednesday if Thomas Drach, who earlier served 14 years in jail for kidnapping German industrialist Jan Philipp Reemtsma, should be extradited to Germany to face charges. Drach is currently wanted in Germany for three ‘spectacular robberies’ in 2018 and 2019, including money transports... More >