At least two teens killed, but New Year festivities mainly peaceful

At least two people were killed and several seriously injured in various incidents during the New Year festivities, but police said on the whole the celebrations passed off peacefully.

A 13-year-old boy died in hospital after being hit by illegal fireworks on a campsite in Harderwijk, news agency ANP said.
And a 17-year-old youth died of head injuries after setting off a home made firework bomb in a rural part of Groningen.
A number of other teenagers were hospitalised after being hit by flying glass or fireworks elsewhere.


In The Hague, two police officers were treated in hospital after they were attacked by youths with fireworks. Some 30 people were arrested during the night.
In Rotterdam riot police were on standby but did not have to act, Nos tv said. However, at least 100 people were arrested in what the region’s police said was a ‘busy but manageable’ night
A similar number of people were arrested in Amsterdam, mainly for public disorder offences. An open-air concert on the Museumplein attended by some 25,000 people passed off without serious incident, ANP said.
In the main, celebrations in the capital were ‘peaceful’, police said.

Banning orders

Police in the big cities had used banning orders to keep known trouble makers off the streets, but riot police were called into action in The Hague after a group of youths became smashing windows.
And police said preliminary figures showed at least 40 cars had been set on fire in The Hague, a ‘significant rise’ on last year.
The public prosecution department has set up fast-track courts to begin hearing charges against everyone arrested as soon as possible.
Amsterdam fire officers were called out to deal with almost 200 fires in underground waste paper bins, many more than in previous years, ANP said.
In Rotterdam, a bakery burnt down and 12 homes were evacuated. In Friesland a farm was destroyed by fire and dozens of cows killed.
There was little problem on the roads, despite the mist and fog, which was very thick in some places in Zeeland, Brabant and Utrecht, ANP reported.
The Telegraaf reports a 22-year-old man was arrested in Bergen op Zoom with nine times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
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