Calls to confidential intelligence line double
Date: 3 June
Calls to the Gambling Commission’s (the Commission's)
confidential intelligence line (0121 230 6655) have almost
doubled in the last six months - we received 222 calls between
December and May 2011, almost doubling the 120 calls received
during the first six months of operation.
The confidential intelligence line is designed to allow
gamblers, other members of the public, licensed operators and
sports people alike to anonymously “tip-off” the authorities on
illicit gambling. A significant number of calls have already
contributed to ongoing criminal and regulatory investigations.
The largest subject area continues to be illegal gaming machine
supply along with a cross-section of other topics including
unlicensed betting and calls relating to the Commission’s Sports
Betting Intelligence Unit.
The line was formally launched on 19 May 2010 and 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 Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said:
“Calls to the confidential intelligence line are on the
“Individuals now recognise that every call to the line is
assessed and acted upon, so if you know or suspect that illicit
gambling is taking place then help keep gambling safe by calling
the Commission 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. The line is for intelligence purposes and
consumer complaints about gambling issues should be made directly
to licensed gambling operators in the first
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.