Police arrest man after explosive attacks on Vlaardingen plumber

Emergency service workers outside the home. Photo: ANP/ Hollandse Hoogte/ MediaTV

Police have arrested a man in connection with a spate of explosives attacks targeting a Vlaardingen plumber and his company.

The 26-year-old from nearby Rotterdam was picked up at 1 am on Tuesday morning, an hour after the most recent explosion took place. No-one was injured in the blast, which destroyed a door and window of Ron van Uffel’s home.

Last Saturday a suspicious package was delivered to the plumber’s home and on Friday, there was an explosion at the company’s premises on the Koninginnestraat which caused considerable damage. In April two of the company’s vans were blown up.

Vlaardingen’s mayor has now used local bylaws to order Van Uffel to close up and leave his home because of the risk to other locals.

“I don’t have a criminal record, I’ve done nothing wrong. I have disputes from time to time but nothing like this,” Van Uffel told the Telegraaf. “I am the victim but I am being treated like a criminal.” Van Uffel and his family have since moved into a hotel.

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