Call (0121) 230 6655 in confidence to help keep gambling crime free
Date: 19 May 2010
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) is (on Wednesday)
launching a new confidential intelligence line to allow gamblers,
licensed operators and sports people alike to 'tip-off' the
authorities on illicit gambling.
The new line (0121 230 6655) allows individuals
to make anonymous reports to help the Commission tackle both
illegal unlicensed gambling and non-compliant licensed gambling.
The line is staffed by the Commission’s existing intelligence
experts between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday (a message can be left
outside of these hours).
The line will support the work of the Commission’s Sports
Betting Intelligence Unit on potential match fixing as well as
helping to tackle the illegal supply of machines, betting in pubs
and other regulatory and legal issues. Every call will be fed into
the Commission’s ongoing intelligence picture with possible
compliance and law enforcement action to follow. During a recent
pre-launch phase, the line received a number of relevant calls
including specific intelligence about an alleged illegal betting
operation which is already being addressed.
The Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said:
“This confidential line will give people more confidence when
they want to tip-off the Commission about gambling-related
“If you know or suspect that illicit gambling is taking place
then help keep gambling safe by calling the Commission on (0121)
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. The line is for intelligence purposes and
consumer complaints about gambling issues should be made to
licensed operators in the first instance.
- 4. More information about the intelligence line can
be found on our website.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.