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More police patrols at Orchard mall after slashing attack

Published on Jun 23, 2013 8:29 AM
Police officers speaking with youths outside Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, a spot where young people like to gather on weekends. They beefed up their presence after an attack there. -- PHOTO: EDWARD TEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Police have beefed up their presence at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard in the wake of an attack outside the popular youth hang- out on June 15.

Uniformed and plain-clothes police officers were seen conducting checks on several groups of young patrons when The Sunday Times visited the mall yesterday evening.

A spokesman said last night that the operation was to "project police presence and deter and detect crime".

Patrons said they were reassured by the heightened presence, a sign that the move is effective in curbing violent crime in the area.

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