Snooker players held in betting probe
Two snooker players were detained by police today over alleged irregular betting patterns during a UK championship match.
Stephen Maguire, 28, and Jamie Burnett, 33, were helping Strathclyde Police with their inquiries in connection with the outcome of the game in Telford on December 15 last year.
The investigation relates to the result of a UK Championship match between Maguire and Burnett, who are both Scottish.
A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "Our economic crime unit can confirm that two men, aged 28 and 33, have been detained and are assisting Strathclyde Police with their inquiries into the alleged irregular betting pattern associated with the snooker match involving Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.
The first-round match, which was subject to investigations by World Snooker and the Gambling Commission, was won 9-3 by Maguire.
Maguire beat his fellow Scot after Burnett failed to pot a black ball that would have reduced his arrears to 8-4.
Before the match, World Snooker was contacted by bookmakers reporting suspicious betting patterns on the outcome.
They said there was heavy gambling on a 9-3 scoreline - provoking suspicion from bookmakers.
Both men strenously denied any wrongdoing, and have pledged to co-operate with any investigations.
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Warren Buffett thinks the poor should stop blaming inequality on the rich
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
- 2 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 3 Mother 'will allow son's circumcision in return for release from prison'
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating