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Poison Dart Shooter Found On HK Track

Friday, 23rd March 2007

Police in Hong Kong "are investigating an elaborate device found embedded in the turf" at the 1200m starting point for 3 races on the card at Happy Valley on Wednesday night "designed to shoot poison darts at horses at the start of a race", reported Reuters. The HK Jockey Club confirmed "a track supervisor unearthed the device while making routine checks of the starting points". The remote-controlled shooter "included 12 metal tubes, each a foot (30cm) long, filled with darts buried in the grass under the spot where the starting gates would be situated for 1200m races". The tubes were "spaced so each would aim up at a horse" & were "wired together & linked to a wireless receiver". A senior police source told Reuters: "The obvious intent was that it was going to fire these little darts, which have got some kind of chemical in them, up from the ground to where the horse's starting gate is. I doubt it was meant to do anything more than just slightly tranquillise the horse. That's my speculation." The darts "have been sent to a laboratory to try to identify the chemical used".

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