BETTING ON RACECOURSES.
POLICE SUPERVISION OF BOOKMAKERS. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, Thursday. In regard to the allegations that the new G-amrng Act, which licenses bookmakers, has had the effect of introducing a dangerous element into the community with which the police are powerless to cope, Dr. Findlay ('Minister for Justice) to-day stated that some time ago he asked the Commissioner of Police to furnish a report upon the condition of mattere which from time to time prevailed on our racecourses, including what was taking place owing to the presence of licensed bookmakers. "So far," Dr. Findlay continued, "these reports have not disclosed any condition of things or improprieties on the part of bookmakers which the police have an} - reason to complain of. I intend to continue the present system of police observation upon bookmakers and their doings, as well as upon the consequences of their presence upon our racecourses, and should the occasion justify it there will be no hesitation on the part of the Government to take legal steps to prevent or suppress abuses. "I have always expressed to those who are interested in the cleanliness of our racecourses that I should he glad to receive reliable information which will enable mc to keep the courses free from objectionable methods and undesirable characters."
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