Commission tightens grip on illegal machine supply
Date: 11 June
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) again played its part
in a joint operation as ten gaming machines were seized from two
unnamed premises in Liverpool.
The machines (Category B4 and C) which were sited without
permits or AMLD licences will now be destroyed by HM Revenue &
Customs (HMRC) and the businesses involved will be required to pay
a penalty of £250 for each one to HMRC. The unpaid duty on the ten
machines was approximately £1200. In addition, £1,100 in cash was
seized by HMRC from inside the machines. The Commission’s enquiries
into the source of the supply continue.
The Commission has conducted a number of joint operations with
HMRC and local authorities since it launched a nationwide drive
targeting illegal suppliers of gaming machines in September 2008.
Last month, in a similar operation, four gaming machines were
seized from premises in Bolton.
The Commission’s Regional Compliance Manager for the North West,
Alan Green, said:
“Businesses supplying or making gaming machines available for use
without a licence
risk action from the Commission or its co-regulators.
“The Commission supports the actions of HMRC, Liverpool City
Council and Merseyside Police in tackling the illegal supply of
gaming machines locally which contributes to our ongoing work at a
regional and national level.”
HMRC spokesman, Martin McDonnell said:
“There are many business owners who are genuinely unaware that
it is not just as simple as buying a gaming machine and setting it
up. Unscrupulous suppliers can exploit that lack of
awareness, so we would urge businesses to make sure they only deal
with suppliers who are properly licensed by the Gambling
Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming machines must be licensed by
the Commission and businesses can see a list of licensed operators
Anyone with information regarding the illegal supply of gaming
machines should contact the Commission’s new confidential
intelligence line on (0121) 230 6655.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. 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 and local licensing authorities
are 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) respectively.
- 3. Full details of operating licence requirements can be
found at: www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/gamingmachines.
- 4. Information on the Commission’s nationwide drive
against the illegal supply of gaming machines can be found in the
our press release.
- 5. Further details about paying Amusement Machine Licence
Duty can be found on the HMRC
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.