67 arrested in islandwide police operation, unlicensed public entertainment outlet found in factory

Patrons in an unlicensed public entertainment outlet.
Patrons in an unlicensed public entertainment outlet.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Pills and cash seized during the anti-crime operation which lasted between Dec 15 and Dec 26, 2020.
Pills and cash seized during the anti-crime operation which lasted between Dec 15 and Dec 26, 2020.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Sixty-seven people aged between 27 and 85 were arrested for their alleged involvement in vice-related activities, gambling and for being suspected members of unlawful societies, among other offences.

The 46 men and 21 women were nabbed at various locations including Clarke Quay, Orchard Road and Boat Quay, said the police on Tuesday (Dec 29).

The anti-crime operation lasted between Dec 15 and Dec 26.

During this period, enforcement checks were also conducted at public entertainment outlets and massage establishments.

Five massage establishments were found to be operating without a valid licence while an unlicensed public entertainment outlet was discovered by the authorities in a factory unit.

Thirty-six patrons aged between seven and 66 were found having a private celebration in the factory. All of them will be investigated for non-compliance with safe distancing measures.

Two organisers, aged 50 and 58 respectively, are also under investigation for providing public entertainment without a valid licence.

"Police will continue to clamp down on criminal activities during the year-end festive period. Those found engaging in such activities will be dealt with in accordance to the law," warned the authorities.