Man arrested for providing false information about gun in taxi


A 54-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of Friday (7 June) for providing false information to the police, leading to a wastage of public resources.

The man had called the police on Thursday (6 June) evening, claiming that a gun was stored in a particular taxi that would be entering Singapore through one of the land checkpoints.

The police, in coordination with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, located the taxi at Woodlands Checkpoint but found no evidence of the gun.

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According to the report, the 54-year-old told police that ‘a gun was kept under the bonnet of a particular taxi’ and the ‘taxi would enter Singapore at one of the land checkpoints’.

The 54-year-old caller did not provide complete personal information and opted to remain anonymous.

After further investigations, the police identified and arrested the man at about 1.10am on Friday. He will be charged in court on Saturday for communicating false information of a harmful thing. If convicted, he could face a jail term of up to seven years, a fine of up to S$50,000, or both.

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“The police treat all security threats seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who causes public alarm with false threats,” police said.

“Beyond the fear and inconvenience caused to other members of the public, the making of false threats comes at a cost of public resources that have to be deployed to deal with the incident.”

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