Three men summonsed for the illegal provision of facilities for gambling
Date: 22 June
Summonses have been served by the Gambling Commission (the
Commission) on three men aged 39, 48 and 57 with regard to a total
of 42 offences under the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act).
The summonses were issued following an investigation into the
suspected illegal provision of facilities for gambling without an
operating or premises licence being in place, contrary to sections
33, 37 and 242 of the Act. The investigation included the
seizure of gaming machine equipment and other assets by the
Commission, from ten premises operated by Agora Bet Ltd at
locations in London, the south east and the south midlands in May
The three men will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on
8 July 2011.
The Commission will make no further comment on this case at this
UPDATE: The trial will commence on 19 March 2012.
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. Details of offences under section
33, 37 and
are available online.
- 5. A previous press release with regard to this
investigation is available online.
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.