Prosecution for illegally sited gaming machines in Gosport
Date: 30 September
A multi-agency operation involving officers from the Gambling
Commission, Hampshire Police and Gosport Borough Council has led to
a prosecution for illegal gambling.
Earlier this month, at Fareham Magistrates Court, Mr. Cemal
Gurel, aged 50, the owner of the Cemal Social Club, Gosport,
Hampshire pleaded guilty to making seven gaming machines available
for use without a valid licence.
Police obtained a search warrant as a result of information and
consultation with the local authority and local Gambling Commission
compliance manager, Rod Davis. Davis attended the raid in the early
hours of 7 May 2008 along with police and local authority
representatives and gave evidence on police video at the scene. The
Commission's Technical Compliance Manager, Nigel Owen, provided an
expert witness statement regarding all the machines seized.
Commenting on the case, local Gambling Commission compliance
manager, Rod Davis said:
"The Gambling Commission's objectives include ensuring gambling is
kept crime-free, fair and safe for all. We can best achieve this
through co-operation and multi-agency working and this case is a
fine example of that in action."
DC David Sheppard of Gosport CID agreed, saying:
"We value working in partnership with other agencies in tackling
illegal activities and were pleased to work with the Gambling
Commission and Gosport Borough Council on this operation."
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 gambling 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. This investigation 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
- 4. At a hearing on 1 September at Fareham Magistrates Court Mr.
Camel Gurel was fined £700, must pay costs of £65 and victim
surcharge of £15. Order of forfeiture made for seized monies
totaling £1417.15. An order of forfeiture and destruction of 11
gaming machines was made.
- 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
Telephone John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or