Parents worried about violent children in Velsen-Noord: ‘Perpetrators between 8 and 15’

The number of incidents involving threats and serious violence by and against young people in Velsen-Noord in recent weeks is piling up. A 19-year-old boy is even said to have suffered a fractured skull and a concussion. Some children from this violent group are estimated to be very young: “I know who they are”, let someone know on Facebook. “You can get a big mouthful of them aged 8 to 13, really ridiculous.” The police do not recognize the photo.

Mothers in Velsen-Noord with Facebook messages – NH Nieuws

The Facebook group ‘Je bent Velsen-Noorder als…’ is full of shocking stories. For example, the story of a mother of a thirteen-year-old girl on Wednesday: “The police have just left here in connection with the assault on my daughter (13), a friend and a friend of hers. One was kicked in the face, the other in the back!”. Or Linda about her son and a girlfriend earlier this week: “One has taken his phone, stolen and used a debit card. The other has been hit. Not normal anymore.”

The mother of the abused daughter also mentions the alarmingly young age of some of the perpetrators: “It’s a group of boys and girls aged between 8 and 15. Four were actively violent and the rest looked laughing.”

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Screenshot of Facebook

To top it all off, a mother yesterday shared the story of her 19-year-old son with an intellectual disability: he has been ‘bullied for over a year’ and ‘can’t play outside normally because they keep looking for him. ‘

Last Tuesday he suffered a fractured skull and a serious concussion in a collision with a bus at Cineworld in Beverwijk. His mother appealed yesterday in the Facebook group: “We want to know what happened because there are rumors that my son was being hunted. This is really going too far.”

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Violence and threats in Velsen-Nord – Screenshot Facebook

A police spokesman could confirm that a boy on a bicycle was hit next to the cinema on Emplacementsweg. But he could not establish that the incident was the result of a chase.

The spokesperson also could not confirm the picture that a group of children and young people have been terrorizing the neighborhood in and around Velsen-Noord for a while after a conversation with the local police officer. According to him, too few reports and declarations have been made for that. “A report was made last week, Tuesday, by that girl,” he says. “The same evening there was a report about a woman being harassed when she was walking her dog.”

“If everyone tells the stories but doesn’t report, then we can do very little,” he continues. “You can also make a report via Meld Misdaad Anoniem. It is independent of the police, so we don’t really get to know the identity if people are afraid of it.”

Situation that plays a few weeks

Other authorities are aware of the problems with the children in the village. Youth worker Lars Steeneken can well understand the parents’ concern: “It is a situation that will play out for a few weeks, so we still need to find out exactly where the problem is, together with network partners: what exactly is the situation? Where can we mediate?”

“We believe that boredom at the end of the holiday is also a point”

Lars Steeneken, Youth worker in Velsen-Nord

Steeneken and his colleagues do everything they can to prevent the unpleasant incidents: “We are often present in the neighborhood, working with role models: boys who are doing well, have found work and are very present in Velsen-Noord. We are also trying to contact the parents of the young people who do this.’

The youth worker believes that the start of the school year next week can also make a big difference: “Of course, incidents always happen. They happen everywhere. We think that boredom at the end of the holidays is also a point.”

See here screenshots of various posts and comments on the violence and threats.

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