Police, Racing Victoria address stable raids

POSTED ON  |  30-01-2019

Giles Thompson
Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson and Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson fronted the media following raids at two of leading trainer Darren Weir's stables on Wednesday morning, the pair detailing the latest information. Paterson confirmed that police had seized four jiggers, an unregistered gun and a substance believed to be cocaine during Wednesday morning's raids on Weir's stables.
  • "Today's warrants show that Victoria Police will investigate allegations of corruption in sport and racing," Paterson said.
  • "We do that in partnership, in this instance, with Racing Victoria and relevant other bodies.
  • "We also work very closely with the offices of the Racing Integrity Commissioner in Victoria, and other racing codes of harness racing and greyhound racing.
  • "It's difficult for me to talk about the exact circumstances of each of the allegations that surround today's events, suffice to say the investigation is ongoing and in the fullness of time matters will become more apparent.
  • "Members of the public may have further information that they may well wish to share with Victoria Police.
  • "I would invite members of the public that if they have that information that they should call Crime Stoppers or contact investigators directly."
Paterson said the investigations had been going 'for some time, particularly since August last year'.
  • "During the course of our investigation, we sought the support of Victoria Police's Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit on the matter, thus instigating their investigation," Thompson said.
  • "This ultimately led to the execution of warrants by Victoria Police today."
Thompson confirmed that the three men arrested are licensed participants in the Victorian racing industry.
  • "As the matter is subject to ongoing investigation, by both Victoria Police and Racing Victoria, I'm not prepared to disclose any details of the investigation at this time.
  • "No charges have been laid and thus those involved are entitled to the presumption of innocence at this time."
Thompson also urged racing participants and followers to maintain faith in the integrity of the product.
  • "Racing Victoria is absolutely committed to ensuring the highest standards of integrity, and is continuing to act upon that commitment," Thompson said.

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