11 nabbed in police raids on nightspots

Police raided several entertainment outlets just two weeks after an operation at St James Power Station.

Plain-clothes officers from the Central Police Division and Criminal Investigation Department walked into watering holes in Sam Leong Road, Middle Road and Chijmes in Victoria Street from 1.30am yesterday.

They first raided a karaoke bar in Sam Leong Road, and later checked patrons and employees at a musty nightclub in Middle Road.

The Sunday Times understands both raids targeted employment-related offences. A total of 11 women were arrested for these offences at the two outlets, which were found to have breached their public entertainment licence conditions. The officers then raided two nightspots at Chijmes but nobody was arrested.

Meanwhile, the Traffic Police (TP) also conducted a late-night operation against drink driving in the vicinity of Kallang, checking 21 motorists. Two men were arrested for drink driving while another man was nabbed for an outstanding warrant of arrest at the roadblock.

Police said the raids and TP operation lasted eight hours from late on Friday. On March 18, the focus was on St James Power Station, following the fatal stabbing of a patron six days earlier.

Tay Hong Yi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 02, 2017, with the headline '11 nabbed in police raids on nightspots'. Print Edition | Subscribe