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The Gambling Commission has renewed its partnership with the charity Crimestoppers as part of an ongoing strategy to protect against match fixing, money laundering and illegal gambling.

As part of an information sharing initiative Crimestoppers will pass on reports from the public about gambling-related criminality or corruption to the Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit at the same time as they are reported to the police.

Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulation, said: “We’re delighted with this arrangement as it strengthens the collaboration between ourselves and law enforcement.

“This agreement builds on the excellent relationship we already have with UK police forces and national law enforcement agencies. It also makes it clear that we take the threat of criminality and match fixing seriously.”

He added: “We already have our own confidential helpline which the public can use to report gambling related crimes, but a member of the public might not instantly think that they should report gambling crime to us.

“Having Crimestoppers pass on gambling–related offences to us, as well as the police, will help us tackle crime and corruption quickly and robustly.”

Rodger Holden, Crimestoppers’ Director of Development, said: “Our ongoing partnership with the Gambling Commission is vitally important in tackling gambling related crime and ensuring the industry’s integrity it maintained.

“With our anonymous service, we encourage anyone with information on gambling criminality to contact us, safe in the knowledge their identity will never be revealed. I am pleased we are able to offer this service, and look forward to our ongoing work with the Commission.” 

Notes to editors 

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  2. Useful statistics on the gambling industry
  3. The Gambling Commission’s confidential intelligence (0121 230 6655) line allows members of the public to report information without having to provide any personal details. All calls are received by trained employees within the Intelligence department and are treated in the strictest confidence.

Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Posted on 27 September 2016