43 people arrested in 5 illegal gambling dens in Yau Ma Tei and TST districts

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2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Yau Tsim Police District Special Duty Squad, together with the Anti-Triad Unit, the Divisional Task Force, and the Divisional Miscellaneous Investigation Team, conducted a raid on 5 suspected gambling dens equipped with fishing arcade machines during early hours today.

During the operation, the police arrested 28 men and 15 women (aged 15 to 67), 5 of whom were suspected of “operating a gambling establishment” and violating the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulations and Instructions) (Business and Premises) Regulations (Cap 599F). Another 38 people were arrested on suspicion of “gambling in gambling establishments”. They were also suspected of violating the “Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition of Group Gathering) Regulations” (Cap 599G) commonly known as “Restriction Orders”.

All the arrested persons are now being detained for investigation and the operation is still in progress. The police do not rule out more arrests. The police said that after an in-depth investigation, it was found that the five gambling dens were all controlled by the same syndicate. It is believed that this operation has successfully cracked down on the syndicate’s main source of income. In addition, a teenage girl was also arrested in today’s operation.

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