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Police operation finds 36 people having 'private celebration' at unlicensed entertainment outlet in factory unit

Police operation finds 36 people having 'private celebration' at unlicensed entertainment outlet in factory unit

Patrons in an unlicensed public entertainment outlet investigated for non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

SINGAPORE: The police found an unlicensed public entertainment outlet operating out of a factory unit in a recent anti-crime operation, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a news release on Tuesday (Dec 29). 

There were 36 patrons in the outlet, said to be having what authorities described as a "private celebration".

The operation, which was conducted from Dec 15 to 26, targeted criminal activities islandwide, including congregation hot spots such as Clarke Quay, Orchard Road and Boat Quay. 

A total of 67 people were arrested - 46 men and 21 women aged between 27 and 85 - for their suspected involvement in a slew of illegal activities.

These included activities that were vice-related, illegal gambling, being members of unlawful societies and offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. 

Investigations are ongoing.

Pills seized during a police raid. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

Police also conducted enforcement checks at public entertainment outlets and massage establishments.

Five massage establishments were found to be operating without a valid licence, said SPF. 

“One unlicensed public entertainment outlet was also found to be operating from a factory unit with 36 patrons, aged between seven and 66, having a private celebration.

“Police are investigating the two organisers, aged 50 and 58, for providing public entertainment without a valid licence.

“The 36 patrons will also be investigated for non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.”

The police said that they will continue to clamp down on criminal activities during the year-end festive period.

Source: CNA/kg(hs)

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