The police in Arnhem are turning to the public for help in catching the perpetrator or perpetrators behind ten car fires in the Gelderland city over the past week. All locals signed up to Burgernet will receive an email on Friday, with information about the crimes in the hope that this triggers information that leads to an arrest.
Three people were seriously injured and nine others were hurt at an apartment complex in The Hague after smoke caused by several car fires billowed into their building. Several people were rescued by firefighters on ladders and aerial platforms as first responders evacuated part of the street.
At least five vehicles parked in a car port on the street showed signs of fire damage. Suffocating clouds of black smoke rose from the street into the apartment windows above, leading to the injuries
Three cars went up in flames in Gouda during the early hours of Tuesday morning. That brings the number of car fires in the city up to 23 since May 3rd. The police suspect arson in all cases.
At around 00:25 a.m., the first car caught fire on Boelhouwerstraat in Oosterwei, near the crossing with Van Roijenstraat, AD reports. Firefighters were quickly at the scene, but the car burned out completely. The second car fire happened a short time later on Veenenburg in Bloemendaal. The third car fire on Oostmolenpad was reported at around 5:00 a.m.
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.
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 city of Oss is being plagued by car fires. A Renault Clio going up in flames on Tollenstraat early on Wednesday morning, marked the 19th car fire of the year in the city. The police are baffled, the Telegraaf reports.
The police have been investigating the car fires in Oss for months. "This year we have had 19 car fires in the city of Oss. In most cases we assume arson, although that could not be established with every fire", the police said.
The police in Amsterdam freed a 30-year-old man who was tied to a fence next to a burning car early on Friday morning. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. How the man came to be tied to a fence, and how he sustained his injuries, is not yet known, NU.nl reports.
The fire brigade and police responded to the car fire on Tom Schreursweg at around 3:20 a.m. At the scene, firefighters and cops heard the man calling for help.
The man was not tied up right next to the burning car, but a distance away, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl.
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.
A man was shot and killed while sitting in a car on Rozenlaan in Spijkenisse on Thursday night, the police said on Twitter. As yet no details were released about the victims identity. No arrests were made.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. The man was shot through his car window, according to newspaper AD. The police launched a large-scale investigation and a manhunt for the perpetrators. One bullet went through the terrace window of a house on Rozenlaan. The police also did an investigation inside the house.
The Public Prosecutor demanded an appellate court order prison sentences of 21, 19, 15 and 13 years against five people suspected of involvement in the murder of Yvon Pfaff in Sint-Michielsgestel in 2014.
The demand corresponds to the sentences the court imposed on the suspects last year. The suspects filed the appeal in the case, NU.nl reports.
A motorist was lucky to escape with only a fright when his car suddenly caught fire while he was driving through Waalwijk during the early hours of Monday morning, Omroep Brabant reports.
The motorist was driving on Biesbosweg around 2:15 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming out of the car. He pulled over and called the fire department. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the car was already enveloped in flames.
Firefighters extinguished the fire using foam. Not much is left of the car, according to the broadcaster.
A hair stylist was set on fire by a masked man in his hair salon in Enschede on Thursday night. According to the police, it was a targeted attack. The perpetrator is still at large.
According to the police, a masked man entered the hair salon on Kottendijk around 6:20 p.m. while the hair stylist was still working on a client's hair. The perpetrator poured a flammable liquid over the stylist then set him on fire.
A total of six cars went up in flames in Amsterdam-Noord over the weekend. The police believe that arson was involved in all cases
A car was set on fire on Lunenburg in the Ede neighborhood of Veldhuizen on Monday morning. This is the latest in a series of car fires and other vandalism that plagued the neighborhood in recent weeks.
A 45 year old man was arrested earlier this week for setting Haarlem Mayor Bernt Schneiders' car on fire in June last year, the police announced.
The Charlois unit of the Rotterdam police named a 6-year-old boy a hero for rescuing his baby sister from a car fire.
The police believe arson was involved in fires that destroyed a historic windmill on Nedereindesevaart in Oud-Zuilen and two cars in Maarsen during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Investigators are looking for witnesses.
A 31 year old fugitive was injured in the foot when he was open fired upon in what seems to be an attempted assassination in Kaatsheuvel on Saturday night. He is being treated in a prison hospital. The police are looking for the perpetrators.
The police believe that the recent string of car fires in Tilburg may be the work of a single arsonist. A spokesperson told Omroep Brabant that they are investigating the possibility after another car went up in flames in the city on Thursday night.
The Chip 'n Dale coffee shop on Hinthamerstraat in 's-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch was shot at least 20 times on Friday morning. The police believe that an automatic weapon was involved.
There were two more car fires in Haarlem last night, one of them not far from Mayor Bernt Schneiders home.
The police are investigating a possible link between the biker gang Hell's Angels and the Haarlem mayor's car fire, the Telegraaf reports. According to the newspaper, the mayor's car may have been set on fire as an act of revenge.