Commission on hand to ensure festival gambling is fair and safe in Cheltenham
Date: 12 March
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) will be supporting
officers from Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Police
in keeping gambling fair and safe in Cheltenham during Cheltenham
While the Commission is not anticipating problems at the track
during the prestigious race meeting, it is already working with
co-regulators to ensure that any gambling that occurs away from
Prestbury Park only does so under the appropriate licence or
Over 150,000 racing fans are expected to decamp to Cheltenham
during festival week. Many will arrive with significant cash sums
to spend with licensed bookmakers. However, as racegoers often stay
on in Cheltenham there is a concern they may be targeted by the
unscrupulous before and after each day’s racing.
In addition to the Commission’s programme of compliance visits
at the course and in the town, dedicated officers from the council
and the police will be on the look out for unlicensed gambling.
Leaflets explaining the law are already being distributed by
Gloucestershire Police to licensed premises in the town.
Barry Stone, the Commission’s Regional Compliance Manager for
the South-West, said:
“The Commission’s role is to work with co-regulators to ensure
gambling is kept fair and safe for all.
“We want punters to enjoy the festival without coming up against
any of the risks associated with illegal gambling activity at
unlicensed venues. We will be on hand to support the police and
local council in tackling any problems that arise.”
Cheltenham Town Centre INA Inspector Jon Roberts from
Gloucestershire Police said:
“In an environment such as Cheltenham in Festival week, where
cash is in abundance, we must be aware of the potential for
criminals to exploit the situation.
“We are happy to work with other law enforcement and regulatory
agencies to ensure that residents and visitors can enjoy the week
safely and securely”.
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)
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