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Five arrested - Victoria harness race fixing

12:59 PM 02 Feb 2015 NZDT
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Victorian Police
Victorian Police

Five men have been arrested in raids over race-fixing allegations in Victorian harness racing.

Police hit properties in Merbein, Birdwoodton, Irymple, Mildura and Bolinda about 6.45am on Monday, seizing documents and other items.

Superintendent Peter Brigham said the 10-month investigation involved owners, trainers and drivers.

"Match or race fixing is a crime and police will actively work to target and disrupt it right across the state," Supt Brigham said on Monday.

"It doesn't matter if it's happening at major events in Melbourne or events at our smallest country towns."

A 29-year-old Merbein man, a Birdwoodton man, 57, a Bolinda man, 54, an Irymple man, 52, and a Mildura man, 34, were arrested and will be interviewed.

Reprinted with permission of AAP

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