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Bases police raid casino, arrest 13

British bases (SBA) police on Tuesday raided an illegal casino in Trachoni, Limassol, arresting 13 and seizing cash, computers, and gambling tables.

According to SBA police, the Blue Live casino on the new Trachoni road was raided at 8pm on Tuesday morning.

Inside the establishment, which was already the subject of a closure order, officers found 10 people at gambling tables.

A search of the building discovered another three men and a woman who were attempting to hide from the police.

A total of 10 Bases police officers took part in the raid led by Chief Inspector Panicos Panayi.

“There was very little resistance, the raid was peaceful and the individuals inside the illegal casino knew there was no chance of escape,” Panayi said.

Counting up the contents of the casino revealed that there were two roulette tables, 11 blackjack tables, and 36 gambling computers. Police also seized €1000 in cash.

The building was also fitted with a sophisticated security camera system, whose data will be analysed by the authorities.

All of the individuals found in the building were arrested and taken to the Akrotiri police station.

Bases spokesman Sean Tully said: “There is no place for illegal gambling within the Bases. We operate an intelligence-led police force with the capability to react swiftly and effectively against these illegal casinos, this raid should serve as a warning to any others who choose to break the law by attempting to run such establishments”


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