City removes iron gates to casino bridge - Friday 21st of October 2005

About 200 police were deployed in Tao Poon area while city workers removed two iron gates on a bridge leading to a building that used to house a casino. The gates were removed under the Public Places Maintenance Act as the city believes they were encroaching on a public canal over which the bridge passed.

The casino was raided on June 22 and 353 gamblers arrested and 56 million baht in betting money seized.

Pol Maj-Gen Amnuay Nimmano, chief of Division 2, said that without the gates police would be able to reach the building more easily if the casino reopened.

Anyone installing new gates or anything else that obstructed traffic on the bridge would be arrested.

The gates would be kept at Bang Sue district office. Whoever showed up to claim ownership would be arrested, he said.

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