Police detain six in crackdown on illegal street gambling in Kwun Tong

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23rd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Law enforcement officials arrested six individuals in the Tsui Ping (North) Estate area of Kwun Tong District, Hong Kong, at approximately 6pm on 22nd April, 2024. The operation followed an in-depth investigation targeting unauthorized gambling activities conducted outside of licensed venues.

The suspects, aged between 61 and 75, include four men and two women. They were apprehended under suspicion of engaging in gambling in public spaces, a violation of local laws. During the raid, officers also seized gambling paraphernalia and a modest sum of cash. The detainees are currently being held as further investigations proceed.

Authorities have reiterated warnings against the illegality of street gambling, emphasizing the severe penalties involved. Managing or controlling illegal gambling on the streets can lead to fines up to HK$50,000 and two years of imprisonment. Those caught participating in such activities face fines as high as HK$30,000 and up to nine months in jail.