Police arrest 10 youngsters after more disturbances in Urk

Police checking youngsters on Urk. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP
Police checking youngsters on Urk. Photo: Robin Utrecht ANP

Riot police have arrested 10 youths on the staunchly Protestant former island of Urk after another night of disturbances, broadcaster NOS said on Sunday.

On Friday, local mayor Cees van den Bos mayor gave the green light to police to stop and search youngsters whom they suspected maybe out to cause trouble, after last weekend’s unrest, involving arson, vandalism and throwing fireworks.

The trouble was caused by a ‘small group’, Van den Bos said. ‘Most youngsters on Urk are well-behaved,’ he said. ‘It is important that they don’t get dragged astray by the troublemakers.’

There were also problems elsewhere. In Maasdijk, a village of 7,000 southwest of The Hague, police fined 70 youngsters after breaking up a party where ‘social distancing rules were in no way being adhered to’.

Police were also in action ending parties in The Hague, in Katwoude and Arnhem, broadcaster NOS said.

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