Police made hundreds of arrests in cities across the Netherlands on New Year's Eve. Over 120 people were detained in Amsterdam, around 80 in Rotterdam and nearly 50 in and around Utrecht.
In Sint Oedenrode, in the southern province of Brabant, one person was stabbed to death. Several people are in detention in connection with the murder and an inquest is under way. Fourteen people were taken into custody in Zoetermeer, next to The Hague, for vandalism.
In The Hague, riot police had to be deployed to quell unrest in the notorious Ypenburg neighbourhood. It’s not yet known how many people were picked up. In an overnight news conference, The Hague Mayor Jozias van Aartsen said this New Year’s Eve had been the least troublesome in four years. A year ago, police across the country apprehended well over 1,500 people.
Fire fighters were busy putting out fires around the country. In several cities cars and rubbish skips were set ablaze. Seventeen cars went up in flames in and around Utrecht alone. In Amsterdam, four cars and two lorries were set alight.
Rotterdam Eye Hospital saw more people last night than the previous year but the exact number of people who sustained lasting eye injuries as a result of firework is not yet clear. In Hilversum, four people were injured by flying glass when a firework bomb went off. A man aged 40 was arrested in connection with the incident.
Tens of thousands of revellers turned out onto the streets to celebrate the year’s end. At Amsterdam’s Museum Square a party with DJs and well-known singers drew some 25,000 people, the organisers say.
At a large fireworks display near Rotterdam’s landmark Erasmus bridge, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb handed out doughnuts. So many flooded the Noordereiland near the bridge that police had to turn away people.
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