Investigation into illegal betting in Chester
Date: 23 December
A 46 year-old man from Chester has been cautioned following an
investigation into illegal betting in the city.
The man was cautioned under section 33 of the Gambling Act 2005,
following a multi-agency operation which centered on an alcohol
licensed premises in Chester and involved officers from Cheshire
Police, the Gambling Commission and Chester City Council.
In March, the Gambling Commission warned bookmakers, publicans
and club officials that commercial betting is not allowed in pubs,
clubs or similar licensed premises. In this case the Commission
found evidence that facilities for betting were being provided in
such premises. The Commission is satisfied that the caution will
deter any reoccurrence.
Commenting on the operation in Chester, the Commission’s
Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said:
“Anyone providing facilities for commercial gambling in pubs and
clubs is breaking the law.
“This joint operation demonstrates the effectiveness of our
developing relationships with law enforcement, local authorities
and other agencies and we are grateful for the support of Cheshire
Police and Chester City Council."
Cllr John Ebo, Chair of the Licensing Board at Chester City
Council added: “Increasingly the Chester Licensing Team are working
with other agencies in all aspects of licensing enforcement, this
instance being one example. Such partnership working is
proving very effective.”
Notes to editors
- 1. The Gambling 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. No commercial betting at all, regardless of the level of
stakes, is allowed in pubs and clubs. It is not socially
responsible and those who facilitate such betting in pubs and clubs
– whether publicans, designated premises supervisors or club
officials – are providing illegal facilities for gambling and are
breaking the law. A leaflet explaining the provisions of the
Act in relation to betting on licensed premises can be downloaded
from the Gambling Commission’s website.
- 4. Individuals who engage in the facilitation of illegal
betting risk up to 51 weeks imprisonment (6 months in Scotland)
and/or up to a £5,000 fine.
- 5. The Commission is based in Birmingham and has a nationwide
team of over 50 compliance managers.
- 6. No action was necessary against the premises licence holder
in this case who was supportive of the investigation at every
Further information is available from the Commission’s
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230
6700 or (07852) 124624, or email email@example.com
Chester City Council: Michael McGivern (01244)