Londonderry gambling raids: Machines and cash seized

Police seize machines
Image caption Police in Londonderry have seized gambling machines during raids

The police in Londonderry have recovered £25,000 in an operation against illegal gambling in the city.

Dozens of gaming machines were also seized during the planned raids.

Operation Blackjack visited 15 premises across Derry. One man has been arrested.

Around 60 police officers took part in the day long operation and they were joined by a member of the Gaming Commission from London.

Underage gambling

They seized 60 gaming machines from a house on the Culmore Road and using a specialist cash dog, they recovered £10,000.

Image caption Ch Insp Jon Burrows said he believed the operation was a success.

In follow-up searches at business premises, more gaming machines and cash were seized.

Officers also visited arcades in the city in a crackdown on under-age gambling.

Ch Insp Jon Burrows said he believed the operation was a success.

"We want to protect the public from those who run unscrupulous gaming, protect young people from getting involved in illegal gaming and we've also gone after those people we believe are exploiting gambling and making a profit out of it in an organised way.

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