Joint operation moves out machines in the north-west
Date: 22 March
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) and HM Revenue and
Customs (HMRC) are conducting further enquiries after six
gaming machines were seized in a joint operation in the Manchester,
Preston and Salford areas.
The Commission, with support from councils in Manchester and
Preston councils, HMRC and officers from Greater Manchester
Police and Lancashire Police, identified the machines in five
different premises as part of an ongoing Commission investigation
into the alleged illegal supply of gaming machines. The move
followed a recent related seizure of two gaming machines from
premises in Leyland, Lancashire in a joint operation with South
Ribble Borough Council.
The premises visited included takeaway style and alcohol
licensed premises. The machines seized included both Category C
(£70 prize) and Category B4 (£250 prize). HMRC will now destroy the
machines and is conducting ongoing enquiries with regard to the
payment of duty.
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.
“This is another good example of joint working helping us to
combat the illegal supply of gaming machines and our investigation
into the source of these gaming machines is active.”
HMRC spokesman Ron Barrie added:
“These machines will now be destroyed. We estimate that the
unpaid amusement machine licence duty on these machines will be
over £5,000. In addition, the businesses concerned will also have
to pay a penalty of £250 for each unlicensed machine.
“There are many business owners who are genuinely not aware that
it is not just as simple as buying a gaming machine and setting it
up. We urge people to make sure they only deal with suppliers
who are properly licensed by the Gambling Commission.”
Manufacturers and suppliers of gaming machines must be licensed
by the Commission. Those with information regarding the illegal
supply of gaming machines should contact the Commission on (0121)
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)
- 3. Full details of operating licence requirements can be
found on the Commission's website.
- 4. These investigations concern the supply of illegal
gaming machines and is part of a wider programme of compliance and
enforcement activity. The Commission is based in Birmingham and has
a nationwide team of over 50 compliance managers.
- 5. Information on the Commission’s nationwide drive against the illegal supply of
gaming machines can be found on the Commission's
- 6. Premises with a qualifying on-premises alcohol licence
are automatically entitled to two gaming machines of category C or
D but this entitlement is subject to them notifying the local
licensing authority and paying the prescribed fee. Such premises
can also apply to the local licensing authority for a licensed
premises gaming machine permit, which, if granted, would allow for
further category C or D machines to be made available on their
- 7. The Commission has conducted more than 20 joint
operations with local authorities since it launched a nationwide
drive targeting illegal suppliers of gaming machines in September
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.