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A man was jailed for 20 months following a joint operation between Lancashire Police and the Gambling Commission. 

The man used an array of tools and equipment to steal more than £14,000 from pubs and clubs across the country. 

A joint investigation with Lancashire Police, using sources of evidence, such as compelling CCTV footage which identified the offender, led to the man being captured and jailed. 

Helen Venn, Gambling Commission programme director for compliance said: “Here is another excellent example of how multi-agency partnerships can deliver results, and help keep crime out of gambling. 

“The team working on this joint operation worked quickly and effectively, using the evidence and intelligence available to identify the offender, and reduce the impact this had on both the gaming machine suppliers, the alcohol licensed premises and the public.” 

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, of Lancashire Police, added: “We were pleased to work with the Gambling Commission and are grateful for their support and co-operation in this case which was a great example of partnership working. We rely on partners to effectively tackle criminality and we look forward to continuing our joint working in the future.” 

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Posted on 11 October 2017