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Illegal gambling house raided, two women remanded

Two women have been remanded in custody for five days by Limassol court to facilitate investigations into the illegal possession of computers that were used as gaming machines, police announced on Thursday.

The women’s remand on Wednesday came a day after Limassol police raided an illegal gambling house to combat the phenomenon of online gaming, seizing 48 computers believed to be able to be converted into gaming machines.

“Police, continuing its activities to combat the phenomenon of online gaming, yesterday took part in a coordinated operation to check a specific premise in Limassol district following the issue of a judicial warrant,” a statement said.

During the operation it was discovered that the second floor of the building, where the gambling took place, was only accessible by a lift controlled by the manager and that there was an apartment above the gaming area where punters were given refuge in the event of a raid.

Police said that on entering the apartment, a 35-year-old female employee tried to obstruct them from carrying out a search. This resulted in her and another employee’s arrest as the second woman was found to have been residing illegally in Cyprus since 2014.

“During the search of the apartment €1,435 in cash was discovered while in the gambling premises police found 48 computers, believed to have been converted into gambling machines, 33 screens and keyboards, three CCTV cameras, which were recording a public area, as well as other items,” the statement continued. “A 49-year-old responsible for the premises was arrested and held to facilitate investigations.”

Police said their “coordinated operations will continue in an effort to prevent and stamp out any form of illegality, aiming to safeguard public order, but also to the further consolidation of public confidence.”

Limassol CID are continuing investigations.

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