Co-ordinated action leads to machine seizures
Date: 25 May
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has seized gaming
machine equipment and other assets following a co-ordinated
national operation that forms part of an ongoing investigation into
the alleged illegal manufacture and supply of gaming machines under
the Gambling Act 2005.
More than thirty Commission enforcement
officers, supported by four local police forces, took part in the
co-ordinated programme of site visits on Tuesday 24 May. Commission
officers executed search warrants at three residential addresses
and also visited 14 business premises including a number of alcohol
licensed premises. Twenty suspected illegally supplied gaming
machines and other evidence were seized. The seizures include a
number of Skill Stop Roulette machines*.
Anyone with any further information regarding the illegal
manufacture and supply of gaming machines is asked to contact the
Commission’s confidential intelligence line on 0121 230
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. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website
for information on legal advice.
- 4. While the Commission concentrates on issues of regional and
national concern, licensing authorities manage issues at a local
level – on this occasion they are being kept informed of
- 5. The investigation is taking place under sections 240,
242, 243 of the Gambling Act 2005.
- 6. * The Commission issued warnings about gaming machines
presented as games of chance last September and in November 2010
said that it suspects Skill Stop Roulette machines to be gaming
machines on the basis of their presentation alone. Manufacturers
and suppliers of gaming machines are required to be licensed by the
Commission under the Gambling Act 2005. Businesses making gaming
machines available for use by the public must also have the
appropriate licence or permission. The previous warning was
publicised in our press releases on 28 September 2010 and 4 November 2010.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.