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The Gambling Commission has today been involved in a multi-agency operation with Police Scotland and the North Ayrshire Licensing Board focused on licensed betting shops in Irvine and Saltcoats.

The operation was conducted with the prior knowledge of the betting shops operators as part of an exercise aimed at instructing police officers and Licensing Standards Officers (LSOs) on how they can undertake inspections of gambling licensed premises. 

Paul Hope, Commission Programme Director, said: "We undertake regular proactive compliance inspections of gambling licensed premises in Scotland and this often involves police officers, LSOs, council staff and other agencies. However, today's operation was the first involving Police Scotland and licensing authority staff since the establishment of Police Scotland in April 2013. 

“We are committed to developing effective co-regulation of the gambling sector across the United Kingdom with all of our partners, ensuring fair and open gambling, preventing criminal activity in connection with gambling and protecting children and the vulnerable.”

This operation follows the publication an updated advice note earlier this month which clarified the role of authorised persons when undertaking compliance and enforcement activity around gambling licensing premises. 

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Posted on 25 November 2015