The 29 telecommunications mast fires, all intentionally set since April, are not believed to be linked to the same criminal suspects, according to the police and the Public Prosecution Service (OM). The authorities also do not think the suspects were connected to one another or that they were organized by a single criminal group.
A 32-year-old man has been arrested by police on Tuesday in connection with a May 1 arson attack targeting a transmission mast a short distance outside of Maasbree, a village in Limburg.
Police received several tips from the public after having alerted people on May 22 to the appearance of the suspect's car. Officers were then able to apprehend the suspect. According to the police, the man is currently being held at a local station, where he will be interrogated by authorities.
Police have reportedly arrested as many as 30 protesters in The Hague on Saturday for failing to comply with social distancing regulations laid down by acting mayor Johan Remkes earlier in the week.
The protest, which began spreading on the Rijnstraat in the Koekamp over the course of the early afternoon, drew crowds of several dozen people in opposition to the government's Covid-19 response and to 5G technology.
According to police, the protestors had been warned about the regulations, and were taken into custody once it was clear that the ordinance was being ignored.
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the April 10 arson of a transmission mast in Dronten, the police confirmed on Friday. The arrest was revealed as a buried detail in a document police released on the 29 telecom masts that were intentionally set on fire since the beginning of April.
Radio mast companies and telecom providers in the Netherlands are hiring extra security to guard against arsonists targeting their transmission masts. After two cell towers in Roermond and Roosendaal were set alight this week, the total number of transmission mast arson incidents in the country stands at 29.
Police were looking for witnesses on Tuesday who may have seen those responsible for setting a transmission mast on fire in Roosendaal. Firefighters were sent to the Hollewegje in the Noord-Brabant town for the suspected arson at about 1:07 a.m.
The damage was still being assessed Tuesday morning. It was at least the 29th time that a telecommunications mast was set alight since April.
The Dutch State can continue to auction off the frequencies for the rollout of 5G, the court in The Hague ruled in a lawsuit filed by action group Stop 5GNL. According to the court, there is no reason to believe that the government is ignoring public health in allowing this network, which will enable more capacity and faster connections for mobile digital communication.
A transmission mast on Olieberg in Roermond was found burning during the early hours of Monday morning. The Limburg police suspect arson and call on witnesses to come forward.
The fire was discovered at around 1:00 a.m., according to 1Limburg. Police were at the scene throughout the night, performing technical investigation and searching the area with a sniffer dog.
The police are looking for a specific dark-colored car in connection with a transmission mast on the A67 near Maasbree being set on fire on May 1st. "The police are asking the public to assist in the investigation for this car and to share information about the possible escape route," the police said on Friday.
While the coronavirus crisis makes a large-scale terrorist attack in the Netherlands less likely, the possibility of an attack is still "conceivable", the national coordinator for counterterrorism and security NCTV said on Thursday. The terrorism threat level in the Netherlands therefore remains at 3 out of 5.
Two transmissions masts in The Hague were found burning during the early hours of Monday morning. The fires at masts on Jaap Edenweg and Laan Van Poot were reported shortly after one another, local safety region Veiligheidsregio Haaglanden confirmed to NU.nl.
The police closed down the areas around both masts for investigation. The one on Jaap Edenweg is a C2000 mast, which is used for communication between emergency services. The extent of the damage is not yet clear.
On Friday night, a transmission mast on the A67 in Maasbree, Limburg was also set on fire.
Two men arrested separately this week in connection with setting a transmission mast on fire are brothers who have denied any involvement in the case, reported newspaper AD based on sources.
The police arrested a third suspect in connection with a series of fires on transmission masts throughout the Netherlands this month. There was another attempt to set fire to a mast on Wednesday night, this time in the Noord-Brabant village of Standaarbuiten.
A group of spirited protesters gathered in front of the lower house of Parliament in The Hague on Tuesday, demonstrating against the lockdown, vaccinations, and the 5G wireless network. About 200 people outside the Tweede Kamer were heard chanting "freedom now", and holding banners with slogans like "Vaccinations: Inaccurate Mess," "Stop5G," and "Stop the Lockdown."
Someone set fire to a transmission tower in Swifterbant, Flevoland on Monday night. Emergency services managed to quickly extinguish the fire and the damage to the tower remained limited. The police did a trace evidence investigation at the scene. No arrests were made, NU.nl reports.
A second suspect was taken into custody on Friday as part of the investigation into a series of arsons targeting telecommunications transmitter masts across the Netherlands. Hours after the arrest was announced, another mast was set on fire in Waddinxveen, Zuid-Holland.
At least 19 masts have caught on fire in various locations over the past few weeks. Police believe arson to be the cause of most if not all of them.
The police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion that he set a transmission mast on fire on Koningsweg in Groningen earlier this month. Tips from the public after surveillance camera footage of the arson was shared on Opsporing Verzocht, led investigators to the suspect, the police said.
Since early April, a total of 16 transmission masts in the Netherlands were set on fire. On Tuesday evening, the police released new footage of suspected perpetrators.
During the early hours of April 18th, a transmission mast on the roof of Q-Park on Van Bleiswijkstraat in Amsterdam was set alight. Surveillance cameras caught two men forcing the gates of the Q-Park parking lot to get inside:
The police are investigating a fire at a transmission mast on Veldweg in Rijswijk. The aftermath of the fire was discovered on Thursday morning, but as the transmission mast is located in a quiet area, it is not clear when the fire was set. The police are hoping for witnesses, De Stentor reports.
The perpetrator behind a fire at a transmission mast in Groningen on Friday, was caught on video. The video showing the an pouring liquid on the telecom tower and setting it alight was released on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening. Over the past two weeks, 13 transmission masts in the Netherlands were set on fire, the police revealed on the show.
Two telecom transmission masts were found burning in Almere overnight, one at Sportpark de Marken and one on Sluiskade. The fires were small and easy to extinguish, but the extent of the damage caused to the transmission masts is not yet clear, NOS reports.
The police are investigating a fire at a transmission mast on Centaurusweg in Tilburg. The already burnt-out fire was discovered by a passerby on Saturday. "Because there have been more fires like this lately, we are doing forensic investigation," a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant. According to the broadcaster, seven transmission towers have been set on fire in the Netherlands over the past days.
The fire was relatively small and the police believe it went out by itself. The fire brigade did not have to be called in. The police can't say exactly when the fire was set.
Firefighters extinguished blazes at two radio masts in Oudenbosch, two more in Veldhoven, and another in Groningen which were likely separate arson attempts, police said. Authorities said they were working with the counterterrorism office NCTV in the investigations.
Telecom providers in the Netherlands are having a hard time putting up the extra mobile masts necessary for the 5G network, they said to newspaper AD. Residents are doing all they can to block the installation of these masts due to concerns over radiation, though there is no conclusive scientific evidence that this entails health risks and the radiation seems to be below the limits set by the authorities, the newspaper reports.