Guilty verdicts for Preston pair
Date: 29 June
A father and son from Preston have been found guilty of running
an illegal money lending business and other offences following a 13
day trial at Preston Crown Court.
James Alston Senior aged 74 and James Alston Junior aged 45,
were yesterday (Thursday 28 June) convicted of charges of illegal
money lending, money laundering, and possessing criminal property
from the proceeds of acting as an unlicensed bookmaker.
Further details are avaliable on the
Lancashire County Council website.
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.
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.