Authorities have suspended the operation of a coffeeshop in Paphos after customers were found gambling in the premises on three different occasions, police said on Saturday.

The trial for the case is ongoing following the discovery of people playing dice in the coffeeshop on October 13.

But recent police checks revealed gambling is continuing to take place on the premises.

Five people were found playing dice around 2pm on Friday in the presence of the business owner, police said.

At around 11.45am on Saturday, officers carried out another check at the coffeeshop where they found eight people playing dice, again in front of the owner.

They were all charged in writing and police confiscated a number of playing cards and chips.

The owner was served with a decree suspending the operation of the business, issued by Paphos district court, pending the trial of the initial gambling case.