More machines moved out in joint operation
Date: 2 July
A further 13 gaming machines have been seized as a result of a
recent multi-agency operation involving the Gambling Commission
(the Commission) and its partners.
The gaming machines were seized when officers from the
Metropolitan Police’s Clubs & Vice Unit, worked with HM Revenue
and Customs and the Commission to target cafe-style premises in
Green Lanes, Hackney.
Until 31 July cafe-style premises with a Section 34 permit from
their local authority are permitted to house Category D gaming
machines. The machines which are alleged to be illegally sited were
seized from two premises where they were apparently sited without
gaming permits. The machines had stakes and prizes well in excess
of the statutory limit.
The Commission’s Compliance Manager for the area, Clive Noblett,
“This successful operation emphasises the value of working in
partnership as we continue to support local agencies in tackling
“We are following up the intelligence gathered about the
suppliers of these machines.”
DI John Anderson, of the Metropolitan Police's Clubs and
Vice Unit, said:
"This was a successful joint operation resulting in 13
illegally operated machines being taken away.
“Operations like this are important in helping to reinforce the
message that businesses should ensure they are properly licensed
under the Gambling Act before operating gaming machines. They
also help the police in identifying and targeting those who
illegally supply them."
Last September the Commission 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
- 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.
- 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)
- Full details of licence requirements can be found at: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
- 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.
- Information on the Commission’s nationwide drive against the
illegal supply of gaming machines can be found at: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
- Category D Gaming Machines (other than crane grabs, coin
pushers or penny falls) with a 10p stake are currently entitled to
offer prizes of up to £5 in cash, or up to £5 in cash and £3 in
non-monetary prizes. Category D machines with a 30p stake can offer
£8 in non-monetary prizes only.
Further information is available from the Commission’s website
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852)
124624 or firstname.lastname@example.org