Machines seized as Gambling Commission lends support to Operation Condor

Press release

Date: 27 February 2012

Gambling Commission (the Commission) officers provided support and expertise to the Metropolitan Police in one of their largest policing operations this year - Operation Condor. The operation is designed to combat those who flout licensing rules including shops, pubs and clubs across London and, as a result eighteen gaming machines were seized.

The gaming machines were removed from seven alcohol licensed premises in North London and enquiries are continuing. The Commission’s enquiries focus on the source of supply for the allegedly illegally-sited machines, while any additional action with regard to the premises will be undertaken by local authorities and the police with our further assistance and advice if required.

Regional Compliance Manager for the South-East, Clive Noblett said:

“The Gambling Commission was pleased to lend support to this successful multi-agency operation in London.

“Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Commission’s approach to keeping gambling fair and safe.”

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Notes to editors

The Gambling Commission

  1. 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. 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. 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice
  4. 4. The Commission recently further strengthened its relationship with Metropolitan Police with Detective Constable Mark Stanford joining the Commission from the Met on a two-year secondment.   

Further information

  1. Further information is available from the Commission's website. Gambling Commission: John Travers on (0121) 230 6700 or communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.