30/08/2007

Police Seize Cash During Searches

Police seized a total of £76,000 during searches in Belfast and County Antrim on Tuesday as part of an investigation into suspected gambling fraud.

Gaming machines, a substantial sum of cash, documents and other items were seized during the searches and were taken away for further examination.

Police will make an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act to freeze the money.

The £76,000 seizure was coupled with £73,000 that was seized in Bangor, County Down last week.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have said that the total seizure of almost £150,000 was part of an ongoing investigation into suspected breaches of betting, gaming and lottery legislation.

The new specialist financial investigators, which were announced recently, will form an integral part of ongoing enquiries.

(SB/SP)

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