Illegal supply in focus again as more machines seized
Date: 25 June
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) again played its part
in a joint operation as six gaming machines were seized from two
unnamed premises in North Yorkshire.
The machines (Category 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 machine to
HMRC. The Commission’s enquiries into the source of the supply
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. In two recent similar operations, four gaming
machines were seized in Bolton and ten in Liverpool.
The Commission’s Regional Compliance Manager
for the North East, Andy Turrell said:
“Businesses supplying or making gaming
machines available for use without a licence risk action from the
Commission or its co-regulators.
“The Commission supported the actions of HMRC,
and Hambleton District Council in tackling the illegal supply of
gaming machines locally which contributes to our ongoing work at a
regional and national level.”
HMRC spokesperson, 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 at a premises. 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
Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming machines
must be licensed by the Commission and businesses can see a list of
licensed operators at www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
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 for
gaming machines are available on our website.
- 4. Information on the Commission’s nationwide drive
against the illegal supply of gaming machines is in this
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.