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June 25, 2021

On tackling illegal gaming machines

UK briefs more licensing authorities

(UK).- Cracking down on illegal gambling was top of the agenda at a training event run by the Gambling Commission’s Local Authority Liaison Unit at Liverpool City Council this month. Around 90 delegates were shown what to look for when checking suspected illegal gaming machines, as well as being provided with updates on the latest legislation and guidance on gambling.


his follows concerns raised by councils about illegal gaming machines and the requirement for more information and training to address the problem. More than 150 unlicensed and illegal gaming machines have been seized by agencies working with the Commission across England in the last year.

The Gambling Commission’s Rob Burkitt, who co-presented the training said: “This was a great opportunity for the Commission to pass on its expertise to local police and council officers on what to look for when dealing with illegal gaming machines, as it’s important they know the difference between machines that are legal and those that are not.

“Supplying gaming machines or making them available to the public without the appropriate licence or permission is a criminal offence. By their very nature, illegal gaming machines are unlikely to comply with Gambling Act licensing objectives which are aimed at ensuring gambling is conducted fairly and openly, protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling, and keeping crime out of gambling."

“All of these can have an impact on local community safety and so we regularly support councils and police forces across the country on joint operations to remove illegal gaming machines.”

The day was introduced by Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing and Gambling Committee, Liverpool City who welcomed the collaboration with the Gambling Commission and other licensing authorities in the North-West.

“We were very pleased to host this training day. It is very important that council licensing officers not only have updates on legislation in their field but also how to deal with illegal activity. There is concern about illegal gaming machines and it is of great benefit that we can use the expertise of the Gambling Commission in tacking this problem.”

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