Activists seek personal protection: Protest organization Kick Out Zwarte Piet has scrapped its public schedule after a violent attack on its activists in Den Haag, wrote Nu.nl, and a threat of rioting at the group's planned roundtable discussion in Hengelo. The Hengelo event set for Monday was cancelled by city politicians at the last minute, according to Tubantia.
A minor was arrested on Thursday night on suspicion of setting a very large number of fires in the Gelderland village of Zuilichem over the past months, the police said in a statement. The girl was arrested in her home on Boogerd just before 10:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland.
Two trains were set on fire at the train station in Haarlem on Monday night. Bottles of combustible material were found on both trains and the police suspect arson.
The first fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. and had already been extinguished when the police arrived, the police said in a statement. The second fire was reported at 11:30 p.m. and was extinguished with the help of the fire department.
The Tilburg neighborhood of Goirke Hasselt rang in August with fire. There were six fires in the neighborhood between midnight and 2:00 a.m. on Thursday. Scooters, a caravan, and a company car, among other things, went up in flames, Brabants Dagblad reports.
The first fire was reported at around midnight. A fence was on fire on Lambert De Wijsstraat. At around 00:30 a.m. a police officer was extinguishing two burning scooters on Goirkestraat, around 300 meters away from the first fire. He managed to dampen the flames using multiple fire extinguishers, according to the newspaper.
A 16-year-old boy from Nieuwleusen was arrested for setting a fire in his home two weeks ago. His 22-year-old brother died in the fire. The teenager is suspected of arson, the police said in a statement.
The fire happened in the home on Zwartewaterland during the early hours of Sunday, July 14th. The parents managed to escape the flames, but their 22-year-old son died. The fire started in the attic, where his bedroom was, the local safety office said to NU.nl.
Arson may have been involved in a fire at a German sauna club in which a 64-year-old Dutch man died on Sunday, the German police said, AD reports.
The fire at Gallardo Sauna Club in Hamminkeln broke out during the early hours of Sunday morning. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the Dutch man, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
The Duisburg police are investigating the cause of the fire and this investigation led them to believe arson was involved, according to AD.
A car went up in flames on Plaswijckweg in Gouda during the early hours of Friday morning. The Citroen was destroyed by the fire. This is the 19th car fire in the city since May 3rd.
The fire brigade responded to the scene at around 1:45 a.m., according to newspaper AD. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the car could not be saved.
In the past month, a total of 19 cars went up in flames in various areas across Gouda. The police suspect arson in every one of these fires.
The police arrested two suspects in connection with a fire at a primary school in Renkum in Gelderland on Tuesday evening. Both suspects are minors, aged 13 and 17 years old, and come from the Gelderland village, the police said on Wednesday.
The fire at the Albert Schweitzerschool broke out at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, NU.nl reports. Firefighters quickly established that it was arson. The first suspect was arrested at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, shortly after the fire was extinguished. The second suspect was arrested 30 minutes later.
Police in Winterswijk are investigating evidence suggesting arson may have caused a fire at a residential center for asylum seekers. Several people living at the Amstelstraat facility were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
No victims were hospitalized.
Firefighters rescued several people after the “medium-sized fire” was reported early at about 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, police said. The blaze swept through the first floor of the housing complex, but was quickly brought under control by firefighters.
Dutch insurers are getting more and more damage claims related to car fires. Last year there were 4,359 such claims, a 9 percent increase compared to the 4,014 car fire claims in 2017, RTL Nieuws reports based on the latest figures from the Dutch Association of Insurers.
The police and fire department suspect that a large wildfire on the Veluwe in Epe on Monday was deliberately lit. Some 100 by 200 meters of heather burned down. A suspect was arrested after a short search. "We had a good description", a spokesperson for the police said to Omroep Gelderland.
Some 300 canoes were destroyed in a fire at canoe rental company Rofra in Valkenswaard during the early hours of Tuesday morning. The police and fire department suspect arson. "There is someone who is really angry at me", Rofra owner Michel Geenen said to newspaper AD.
The fire at the company on Molenstraat started just after midnight. The fire brigade responded with two fire trucks and two water tanks. Firefighters managed to get the fire under control within 30 minutes, but not fast enough to save any of the canoes.
The Rotterdam police arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in a fire on Hilledijk, in which 27-year-old Robert Hendrix was killed on April 13th. The Rotterdam man is suspected of arson, the police said on Monday.
The police launched a large-scale investigation into a fire in a building on Hilledijk in Rotterdam on Saturday afternoon. A 27-year-old man from Rotterdam was killed in the fire. Investigators believe that arson was involved, the police said in a statement.
The fire broke out on the first floor of the building at around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. A resident of the second floor tried to escape the flames by climbing out the window. He fell. The man was critically injured by the fire and his fall. Emergency workers tried to save him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.
A 49-year-old Breda man who died in hospital on Tuesday morning after a fire in a garage on Monday night, told the police before his death that he was tied up by multiple men and then set on fire, the police said in a statement. The police are looking for three suspects. So far no arrests were made.
A 49-year-old man was seriously injured in a fire in a garage on Sparrenweg in Breda on Monday evening. He succumbed to his injuries during the night, the Breda police said on Twitter on Tuesday morning. The police believe that the fire was a targeted attack against the man, NOS reports.
The fire was reported to emergency services at around 9:30 p.m. The police immediately assumed that arson was involved. What led to this assumption, is not clear.
Seven cars went up in flames in different places in Nijmegen over night. All seven cars can be considered lost. The Gelderland city has been plagued by car fires since the start of this year, with dozens of cars being destroyed since January. In all cases the police suspect arson, or haven't ruled arson out, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The fire department first responded to Meijhorst overnight. There a delivery van was on fire. It burnt out completely. A car parked next to the van was also damaged.
Gilermo I., the prime suspect of a fatal fire in a Diemen apartment in July 2017, expressed regret for what happened at the start of his trial on Friday. "I find it horrible what happened. But I can not turn back time", he said, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 21-year-old man was arrested for involvement in the murder of 51-year-old Henk Baum from Nistelrode. Baum, who had a criminal record, was gunned down in his car in the Noord-Brabant town of Schaijk on March 22nd.
The suspect was already in custody on suspicion of involvement in several cases of arson and an explosion in the Oss area in early October. He was arrested in his cell in the Middelburg Penitentiary Institution on Friday, the police announced on Monday.
Six young people were arrested for multiple incidents of vandalism and arson in the Zuid-Holland town of Noordwijk this past summer. A total of 60 police officers took them out of their beds in Noordwijk, Voorhout and Leiden at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning, the police said in a statement.
The suspects are between the ages of 16 and 23. Five of them were arrested on suspicion of arson and vandalism, the sixth for complicity thereto. Two are also suspected of drug dealing.
Arson may be involved in a fire on cruise ship AidaNova in Groningen's Eemshaven on Wednesday morning. The police started an investigation into the cause of the fire, at the request of the captain, RTV Noord reports.
The ship will remain in the harbor during the investigation. A planned six days long trip was therefore canceled.
Around 3 thousand people work on AidaNova, most of whom stay on board overnight. Due to the fire, owner Meyer Werft decided to book hotel rooms for the staff.
A detainee set a matrass on fire in his cell at a police station in Meppel on Thursday afternoon. The smoke set off the fire alarm and police officers had to leave the station on Eendrachtsraat. When the fire brigade arrived, the fire was already extinguished, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
The fire starter was arrested earlier on Thursday for theft. According to the police, he was searched multiple times before being put in the cell, but still managed to smuggle a lighter in by hiding it in one of his body cavities. The suspect was transferred to the detention center in Assen.
Sex club Continental in the Drenthe village of De Kiel went up in flames during the early hours of Friday morning. As arson can not be ruled out, the police are doing a forensic investigation at the club, ANP reports.
The fire broke out around 2:10 a.m. at the club on Kwekebosweg. The club was closed at the time. As far as is known, no one was injured in the fire.
The building was damaged to such an extent that it must be considered lost.
Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of arson at the Avans University of Applied Sciences' art academy in Den Bosch on Sunday. An 18-year-old boy from Rosmalen turned himself in on Monday, and a 15-year-old boy from Den Bosch was arrested on Wednesday, the police announced on Thursday.
Both suspects were arraigned on Thursday. The 15-year-old was released from custody for the time being, the older suspect will stay in custody for another two weeks.