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Thai police crack down on World Cup betting

The Thai police have arrested a number of people involved in football gambling in Bangkok and other provinces on the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

BANGKOK: The Thai police have cracked down on betting activities in Bangkok and other provinces on the first day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament which kicked off in Brazil on June 12.

Deputy National Police Chief, Police General Ake Angsananont, said a number of people involved in football gambling both online and offline had been arrested, according to Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports citing the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT).

Police had earlier set up an operations centre to crack down on gambling activities ahead of the tournament.

The centre will attempt to prevent children and students from participating in football betting by assigning officers to patrol entertainment venues and restaurants that broadcast World Cup matches.

The police are also working in collaboration with the Information and Communication Technology Ministry to track and curb betting activities online.

An anti-gambling hotline has been set up to allow members of the public to report on gambling activities. 

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