Further machine seizures as fight against illegal supply continues
Date: 1 July
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) again played its part
in a joint operation as four gaming machines were seized from a
single unnamed premises in Manchester.
The machines, which offered prizes of between £25 - £250, were
sited without permits or AMLD licences and will now be destroyed by
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The unpaid duty on the four
machines was at least £650. In addition, the businesses involved
will be required to pay a penalty of £250 for each one to HMRC. 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.
In three recent similar operations, four gaming machines were
seized in Bolton, ten in Liverpool and six in North Yorkshire.
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
“This is a further example of effective co-regulation tackling
operators offering gambling outside of the law.”
HMRC spokesperson, Martin Mcdonnell, said:
“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 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 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.