Pub betting reminder follows Cumbria convictions
Date: 27 May
The Gambling Commission is reminding bookmakers and landlords of
the law on betting in pub premises after fines totaling more than
£6,000 were levied on a bookmaker and pub landlord in Cumbria.
Yesterday (26 May) at West Allerdale Magistrates Court, DSL
Betting (Cumbria) Limited pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the
use of premises to provide facilities for betting when no
appropriate licence was in force; and providing facilities for
gambling not holding a licence or being exempt. The company was
fined a total of £4,500 and ordered to pay court costs of £625 and
a £15 victims surcharge.
In March 2011 at the same court, the pub’s licensee Mr John Reid
pleaded guilty to providing facilities for betting without a
licence. He was fined £650 and ordered to pay costs of £75 and a
victims surcharge of £15. The case was prosecuted by
Allerdale Borough Council who were supported in their
enforcement action by both the Commission and Cumbria Police.
The Commission has worked consistently with licensing
authorities and the police to warn bookmakers, publicans and club
officials that commercial betting is not allowed in pubs and clubs.
A Commission leaflet explaining the issue was published back in
February 2008 and has been distributed widely.
The Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk
“Commercial betting is not allowed in pubs and in the majority of
cases landlords are quick to take action to keep illegal betting
off the premises.
“This prosecution demonstrates that if individuals persist in
illegally offering betting in pubs then the Commission will support
its local partners in tackling the issue.”
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. The Commission has also issued formal regulatory warnings to
a small number of licensed betting operators and more than a
hundred pubs and clubs have been warned in the past. In two
previous cases, joint working has also led to criminal cautions
being issued. Details of the previous cautions are available in the
section of the website www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk.
Details of regulatory sanctions are available on the regulatory
- 5. In the light of the conviction, the Commission is
considering what, if any, further action may be necessary with
regard to the DSL Betting (Cumbria) Limited, Operating
Licence number 11111.
- 6. Further details are available on the Allerdale Borough
Council website at:
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.