Tuesday 20 August 2019

Terror gang 'could have made explosives'

The alleged terrorist cell busted after an undercover operation last September had enough fertilizer and other chemicals to create 500 grammes of explosives, the public prosecution department said at a pro-forma court hearing on Monday. That would have been enough to create a ‘major’ explosion, the prosecutor told the court. Police said at the time of the arrests they had foiled a major terrorist attack but it remains unclear what event the gang was planning to disrupt. The department began... More >

Zeeland to cull hundreds of deer

Forestry Commission staff in Zeeland are to begin shooting hundreds of fallow deer which have made their home on the island of Haringvreter in the Veerse Meer in October. The cull comes after earlier attempts to reduce the size of the population were stopped in court in 2015 after just 15 animals were shot. Since then the population has soared – increasing by one third every year, local broadcaster Omroep Zeeland said.  There are now 650 deer on the island,... More >

Dog walker murder suspect confesses

The student suspected of murdering three people who were out walking their dogs earlier this year has confessed to the killings. Thijs H was appearing in court for a procedural hearing, during which he said that he had been instructed by voices in his head to carry out the crimes. H also told the court he would cooperate fully with plans to send him to the Pieter Baan psychiatric clinic for an assessment. H, who is studying for a Master’s... More >

Letter to Putin: award for Dutch pensioner

A 92-year-old Dutch peace campaigner has received a Russian foreign ministry award after writing to president Vladimir Putin saying he wanted to improve the relationship between Russia and the west. Albert Gietelink from Almelo was given the award by Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin, who told news agency Tass this is the first time a Dutchman has been given the award for ‘interaction’. Gietelink told local broadcaster RTV Oost he did not expect any reaction when he sent... More >