The UK Gambling Commission are taking steps to tackle illegal gaming machines in various sites across the UK following the announcement of their intentions to host a series of training workshops.
As told in UK gambling news, the workshops which will be held across the country, aim to help local councils identify and manage the sites of illegal gaming machines in their respective constituencies.
Training will be provided by Westminster City Training in partnership with the Gambling Commission’s Local Authority Liaison Unit (LALU), the latter of which have regularly supported UK councils and polices forces on joint operations to remove illegal gaming machines.
Many of the courses will be hosted in casino premises in order to give participants first-hand experience of a live gambling environment.
Following successful footsteps
Supplying gaming machines or making them available to the public without the appropriate license or permission is a criminal offense which breaches UK gambling laws and regulations.
The new training series follows the success of seven workshops that were held around the UK throughout last year.
The Commission said the 2013 series attracted almost 400 council and police officers, demonstrating a need by local councils for practical training on how to effectively identify and take action over illegal machines.
“Issues around suspected illegal gaming machines are one of the main compliance referrals we make to licensing authorities,” LALU’s Rob Burkitt said.
The workshops should provide the appropriate authorities more information to help limit the number of active illegal machines.