Wednesday 16 October 2019

American charged with abusing Dutch girl

The 50-year-old American man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Dutch girl he met online has been remanded in custody at a pretrial hearing in Rotterdam. James B denies sexually abusing the girl at the Hilton Hotel in the port city, although there is dna evidence of assault, the court was told. The girl went went missing at the end of June after telling her school she had an orthodontist appointment. Police issued an amber alert after her mother raised... More >

Six in 10 do not report online scams

Second-hand goods scams are the most common form of online fraud, but victims are reluctant to notify police, according to a survey by national statistics agency CBS. 2.9 % of the 38,000 respondents said they had been conned on the internet in 2018. Six out of 10 people said they had not involved police because they thought the amount of money they lost was too small, or that reporting the scam would have no effect. Four in 10 reported the incident... More >

Police chief slams inconsistent policies

National police chief Erik Akerboom has slammed the government for not being consistent towards the police, which, he says, is endangering the rule of law. Akerboom said in an interview with the Volkskrant that cutbacks under one cabinet and ad-hoc plans for more finance and staff under the next are destabilising the rule of law and enabling drugs criminality to thrive. He said a recent proposal by justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus following the murder of lawyer of Derk Wiersum to... More >