Police in Friesland have closed off the area around the Abe Lenstra Stadium in Heerenveen due to a “suspicious situation.”
Translation by Traci White
UPDATE: 12:06 p.m, Monday, 4 July
The police investigation at the Abe Lenstra Stadium is complete, according to an announcement on the Frisian police force’s Twitter account. “We did not find anything, and people can return to the buildings in the Sportstad area. The stadium will also be reopened early in the afternoon. We are still looking into identifying the person who placed the bomb threat.”
UPDATE: 9:02 a.m., Monday, 4 July
The Frisian police have confirmed on Twitter that they are responding to a bomb threat aimed at the SC Heerenveen football team. “We are currently searching inside the stadium and the surrounding area with bomb detection canines.” Friesland College has been given the all clear and students can enter the building from the southern entrance.
Original story follows below:
“We are currently setting up an investigation”, the police tweeted. “This means that all of the buildings in Sportstad and the Abe Lenstra Boulevard will remain closed.” NU.nl reports that the police did not provide any further information about the cause of the closure, which started on Wednesday morning.
A police spokesperson told De Telegraaf that there are companies, various buildings and schools within the perimeter. “It’s a big area, but as far as we know, no one had arrived for the day yet.” Friesland College, a secondary school in Heerenveen, is located on Abe Lenstra Boulevard.
In verband met een verdachte situatie is vanochtend de omgeving van het Abe Lenstra stadion in #Heerenveen afgezet. Wij zijn nu bezig met het instellen van een onderzoek. Dit betekent ook dat alle gebouwen van Sportstad en de Abe Lenstra Boulevard gesloten moeten blijven.
— Politie Fryslân (@polfryslan) July 4, 2018
— Van Oost Media (@vanoostmedia) July 4, 2018
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available.
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