Security tightened at police stations after arson

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21 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police in the Zuid-Holland Zuid district have tightened security at police stations following a series of arson attacks in Dordrecht in recent days.

21 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police in the Zuid-Holland Zuid district have tightened security at police stations following a series of arson attacks in Dordrecht in recent days.

A spokesperson said there would be extra monitoring of police stations at night but would not specify what the additional security would involve.

Police in Dordrecht arrested a 22-year-old local man on suspicion of starting a fire at a housing corporation building on Callistolaan in the city on Saturday night..

An attempt was made to start a fire at the police station on the Vogelplein earlier that night. Only the windows were blackened.

Fires at two other unmanned stations in the city on Friday morning caused thousands of euros worth of damage. The police are investigating whether there is a link between the attacks.

Police received a report of a fire at the Blaauwweg station at 3.30am on Friday morning. The arsonists attempted to break the windows of the station, but were hampered by the extra-thick security glass.

"Subsequently, a fire was started at the back of the building. The fire did not reach the inside of the station," a police spokesperson told news agency ANP.

A short time later the fire at the Admiraalsplein was reported. The fire brigade extinguished the blaze within an hour, but considerable damage was caused to the building.

A witness reported seeing four youths running from the station on the Admiraalsplein, The police searched the area but could not find the young men.

The authorities declined to comment on rumours the attacks were connected to an accident last Monday in which a man, 25, was knocked down and killed by a police van.

In 2002 an explosive device was thrown into the police station on the Blaauwweg. No one was ever arrested for that attack.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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