Gaming machines seized in Wigan area
Date: 25 September
The Gambling Commission, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and
Wigan Council have launched a joint operation in the Wigan area to
find and remove gaming machines illegally sited in taxi offices and
The operation has so far resulted in the seizure of nine gaming
machines from four local taxi offices and enquiries
The machines were confiscated by HMRC who are also continuing
their enquiries into the non-payment of Amusement Machine Licence
Duty (AMLD) on the relevant machines.
Claire Wilson, the Gambling Commission’s Compliance Manager
covering the Wigan area, said:
“The Gambling Commission’s objective is to ensure that gambling
is crime-free, fair and safe for all. We can best achieve this with
co-operation and multi-agency working and this initiative is an
example of that in action.”
Councillor John Hilton, Chairman of Wigan Council's Licensing
“We value working in partnership with other agencies in tackling
illegal activities and were pleased to work with the Gambling
Commission and HMRC on this operation.”
HMRC spokesman Dave Gostelow added:
“Officers from HMRC joined this operation to target the illegal
use of gaming machines.
“We estimate that the unpaid VAT duty on these machines which
now forms part of the penalties for the businesses involved and
cash seized will equate to more than £3,000. We want to encourage
business owners to find out the right process before setting up
gaming machines before they too face penalties.”
Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming machines must be licensed
with the Commission. When gaming machines are made available for
use on specific premises then operators must have either; an
operating licence from the Commission and a premises licence from
their local licensing authority or, in some cases, a specific
permit from their local licensing authority.
The Gambling Commission has recently launched a nationwide drive
targeting illegal suppliers of gaming machines. If you have any
doubt as to whether your gaming machine is legal or you have been
offered gaming machines for your premises that seem suspicious
please contact the Commission on (0121) 230 6666.
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. Full details of licence requirements.
- 4. 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.
- 5. More information on the Commission’s nationwide drive
against the illegal supply of gaming machines can be found on this
Further information is available from the Commission’s
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230
6700, (07852) 124624 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wigan Council Press Office: (01942) 828145.
HM Revenue & Customs NW Press Office:
(0151) 703 1309