HK police to intensify crackdown on illegal football betting, drink driving during World Cup (2)

16:47, May 19, 2010      

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According to Tsang, a special team has been set up with the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau co-ordinating the work of the headquarters, regional and district formations, in order to prevent and address the possible increase in illegal football gambling activities during the World Cup.

Tsang said the HK police had strategies in place to combat illegal gambling and will adjust the operational deployment flexibly depending on the situation.

The official also disclosed that the HK police have been closely monitoring Internet gambling activities and policemen will conduct cyber patrols to combat relevant crimes. Other government agencies will also gather intelligence through different channels, investigate illegal gambling websites within and outside Hong Kong and take law enforcement actions after gathering sufficient evidence, he said.

According to Tsang, most of the illegal bookmaking syndicates have moved their operation bases to places outside Hong Kong owing to vigorous enforcement actions taken by the HK police over the years.

Accordingly, the HK police have maintained close liaison through existing communication channels with counterparts in the Chinese Mainland, Macao and Southeast Asia to exchange information and carry out joint operations targeting criminal syndicates based in or outside Hong Kong.

During the World Cup, the HK police will continue to step up law enforcement actions against illegal football gambling with the law enforcement agencies of the Chinese Mainland, Macao and overseas through existing communication channels, he said.

In regard to fighting drink driving during the World Cup, Tsang said the city's police would enhance publicity efforts at bar areas and distribute leaflets appealing to members of the public not to drive after drinking.

On law enforcement, the HK police will continue to conduct Random Breath Tests Operations at appropriate time and locations in order to enhance deterrent effect, he added.

The South African World Cup 2010 will start on June 11.

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