Joint operation in Preston
Date: 30 June
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending
and suspicion of the illegal provision of facilities for gambling
during an operation yesterday (29 June) in Preston.
Warrants were executed by the North West Trading Standards
illegal money lending team and the Gambling Commission (the
Commission), supported by Lancashire Trading Standards and
Two properties in the Ashton area of the city were searched and
items including a substantial amount of cash and documentation were
The men aged 72 and 43 remain in custody where they will be
questioned by officers from the illegal money lending team and
An anti-loan shark operation formed part of the joint operation
with a Commission investigation into the illegal provision of
facilities for gambling under section 33 of the Gambling Act
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.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.