Home Briefs: Crackdown on illegal gambling

Crackdown on illegal gambling

Twelve men aged between 20 and 52 have been arrested on suspicion of providing remote gambling services.

Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department conducted simultaneous raids at various locations yesterday in Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang, Orchard Road and Toh Yi Drive.

They seized about $251,000 in cash, an array of computers, mobile phones and documents such as betting records. Preliminary investigations revealed the suspects were believed to have received soccer bets of more than $200,000 in the past two weeks.

Raids on unlicensed businesses

A total of 75 people were arrested in a four-day enforcement blitz by the police on unlicensed massage parlours and public entertainment outlets.

Eight parlours and eight entertainment outlets located in Orchard Road, Upper Thomson Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road and Balestier Road were raided between last Thursday and yesterday, police said.

The suspects - 66 women and nine men aged between 19 and 51 - were arrested for criminal and employment-related offences.

Financial aid during Ramadan

The Muslim Converts' Association of Singapore has given out $206,250 in cash and grocery vouchers to 550 families during Ramadan this year.

The financial aid was handed out yesterday at the association's annual charity event held at its premises at Joo Chiat.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe