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The Gambling Commission has joined forces with the independent charity Crimestoppers as part of a strategy to protect against match fixing impacting GB sports and the betting industry.

Crimestoppers will now pass on any reports from the public about gambling-related criminality or corruption to the Commission’s Intelligence Unit at the same time as they are reported to the police.

Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulation, said:

“We are delighted with this new arrangement as it strengthens the collaboration between ourselves and law enforcement through the charity. The agreement builds on the excellent relationship we already have with UK police forces and national law enforcement agencies. It makes it clear that we take the threat of criminality and match fixing seriously.

“Match fixing is corruption and affects the legitimate interests of public, betting operators, sports and the GB’s reputation for integrity. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that this is tackled quickly and robustly and Crimestoppers provides the opportunity for those with information to pass this to the police and Gambling Commission quickly. ”

Paul Kennedy, (Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) and Lead for Gambling), of Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), said:

“This initiative is a further example of how the police service is working with other agencies to tackle criminality related to match fixing in sport and more generally, on criminality linked to gambling. Crimestoppers provides a really useful opportunity for information to be provided on this type of illegal activity.”

Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “With Crimestoppers taking information anonymously, we guarantee your identity will never be revealed. This is a serious crime that we are pleased to be able to support the Gambling Commission in tackling, so contact us on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org if you have any information.” 

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Notes to editors

  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. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. 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 spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of this website for information on legal advice.
  4. More information on the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit can be found on this website.

For further information please contact our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

Posted on 04 August 2014