Mitch Harris: 'The racing people concerned think this isn't that bad'

Night Talk 04/09/2018
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Night talk: Mitch Harris opening comments, Tuesday 4th September 2018.

Tonight: Do you think there is dodgy business going on in the harness racing industry? Is this story regarding inside information being passed on to other people in the industry to try and make money illegally?

The ongoing investigation into alleged race-fixing within the harness racing industry began in April last year, police have revealed.

Police raided harness racing stables and dwellings at 10 properties across the country on Tuesday. 

Search warrants were executed on eight properties in Christchurch and one each in Manawatu and Invercargill as a result of the long-running probe into alleged corruption within the industry.

The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) sparked the investigation by supplying information to police.

People would be arrested and charged on Tuesday afternoon, National Manager Criminal Investigations Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson says.

It is possible other charges relating to doping could be laid, he says.

Further details involving the investigation will be released later this week. 

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