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A further ten illegally sited gaming machines have been seized as a result of recent activity under Operations Condor across the London Boroughs of Haringey and Lewisham. The machines were identified in takeaway premises in the boroughs.
This followed another series of co-ordinated multi-agency operations supported by the Gambling Commission.

Senior Compliance Manager, Clive Noblett said:

“The Gambling Commission was pleased to lend support to this successful multi-agency operation in London and we are helping to spread this sort of good practice both amongst local authorities in London and across the country.
“Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Commission’s approach to keeping gambling fair and safe.”

Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, said:

“Ensuring Haringey’s local communities, and in particular vulnerable people, are protected from being exploited by gambling is a serious issue that I’m committed to tackling.

“I’m pleased to see successful results from this latest operation that clearly shows Illegal gambling activity is not acceptable and won’t go unnoticed.”

Anyone with information about unlicensed gaming machines can call the Commission in confidence on 0121 230 6655.

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 our website for information on legal advice.
  4. See details of previous activity involving Operation Condor.

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

Posted on 17 January 2014