Gaming machines seized
Date: 12 June
The Gambling Commission has seized a number of gaming machines
in a multi-agency operation in Oldham.
The seizures were made as part of an investigation into the
suspected unlawful supply of gaming machines to businesses in the
In an operation involving officers from the Commission, Greater
Manchester Police and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council premises
in Chadderton, Oldham were visited. Seven gaming machines were
immediately seized with a further seven machines subsequently being
removed from six betting shops in the North West.
It is believed that the confiscated machines were being supplied
without an operating licence and the Commission will be continuing
Gambling Commission Regional Compliance Manager David Thornton
“The Gambling Commission’s role is to ensure that gambling is
crime-free, fair and safe and we will take action against those who
supply gaming machines without an operating licence.
We are grateful to Greater Manchester Police and Oldham MBC for
their support in undertaking this operation.”
Sergeant Kam Hare of Greater Manchester Police said: "We
will continue to work with partner agencies to assist in safe
guarding and protecting the community, aiming to bring those who
commit offences to justice."
Councillor Mark Alcock, Cabinet member for the Environment and
Infrastructure at Oldham Council said “We will always support the
Gambling Commission in ensuring that gambling is regulated and that
breaches of the rules are acted upon”.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest. It does so by keeping crime out of
gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly,
and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed
or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating
all gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and
spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National
Lottery Commission and the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
- 3. Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming machines must be
licensed with the Commission. Betting shop operators must have both
an operating licence from the Commission and a premises licence
from their local licensing authority.
- 4. Full details of the Commission’s Licence Conditions and
Codes of Practice can be found on this website.
- 5. This investigation concerns the supply of illegal gaming
machines and is part of a wider programme of compliance and
enforcement activity. The Commission is based in Birmingham and has
a nationwide team of over 50 compliance managers.
Further information is available from the Commission’s
- Gambling Commission: Contact John Travers on
(0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greater Manchester Police: Louise Hughes
(0161) 856 2220
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council: Stephen
Gregson (0161) 770 5033