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The Gambling Commission has again warned gaming machine suppliers to ensure they are licensed. The reminder comes after police cautions were issued to two men supplying gaming machines via online auction websites.

A father and son from South Shields, Tyne and Wear accepted a caution from Northumbria Police for selling gaming machines without a licence following a joint investigation by the Commission, South Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police. The duo had failed to respond to an earlier Commission warning and admitted their wrongdoing after arrest.

In recent years the Commission has been working closely with online auction websites to prevent the unlicensed supply of gaming machines online. As a result, online trading websites have amended their terms and conditions, provided clearer warnings for those advertising machines and agreed to quickly remove any questionable advertisements identified by the Commission. In a number of cases unlicensed supply has quickly ceased following direct Commission intervention.

The Commission’s Head of Regional Enforcement and Compliance, Mike Williams said:

“People who persist in supplying gaming machines without a licence will face action from the Gambling Commission and its local law enforcement partners like Northumbria Police.

“We want to thank South Tyneside Council’s Licensing Team and Northumbria Police for their support in conducting and concluding this case efficiently and effectively. Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Commission’s approach to keeping gambling fair and safe.

“Anyone with information about the illegal supply of gaming machines can pass details to the Commission by calling our confidential intelligence line on (0121) 230 6655.” 

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said:

“The Council works closely with other agencies to ensure cases such as these are taken very seriously and successfully pursued to the highest order; making certain that justice is upheld in the Borough. 

“We hope this sends a message that the Council won’t tolerate the trading of illegal gaming machines in South Tyneside, and anybody caught dealing in such acts will be sought for prosecution.”

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.

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

Posted on 07 January 2014