OPERATION BLACKJACK: GAMBLING MACHINES SEIZED IN RAIDS

 

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows says Operation Blackjack was aimed at stamping out illegal gambling

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows says Operation Blackjack was aimed at stamping out illegal gambling

THE PSNI has smashed a number of illegal gambling operations and seized £25,000 during planned raids.

Dozens of gaming machines were also seized during the searches in Derry/Londonderry.

Codenamed ‘Operation Blackjack’, officers visited 15 premises across the city and one man has been arrested.

Around 60 police officers took part in the day long operation and they were joined by a member of the Gaming Commission from London.

They seized 60 gaming machines from a house on the Culmore Road and using a specialist cash dog, they recovered £10,000.

In follow-up searches at business premises, more gaming machines and cash were seized.

Officers also visited arcades in the city in a crackdown on under-age gambling.

Ch Insp Jon Burrows said he believed the operation was a success.

“We want to protect the public from those who run unscrupulous gaming, protect young people from getting involved in illegal gaming and we’ve also gone after those people we believe are exploiting gambling and making a profit out of it in an organised way.”

 

 

 

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