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Unlicensed operator sentenced

14 May 2018

A man who offered gambling without a licence and threatened to kill one of his customers has received a suspended prison sentence.

Mark Callow, 50, of Billericay, Essex, admitted providing facilities for gambling without a licence and threats to kill when he appeared at Derby Crown Court.

The Court heard how Callow would approach consumers at racetracks and offer to take bets via WhatsApp for events occurring at a later date.

Callow was sentenced to 12 months jail, suspended for two years, for the threats to kill and four months jail, suspended for two years, for the provision of gambling without a licence.

He will also complete 150 hours community service and be subject to a 10 year restraining order which means he cannot contact a complainant involved in the case.

The Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted the provision of facilities for gambling without a licence charge on behalf of the Gambling Commission.

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