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Removal of unlicensed gaming machines in Hull - 04/05/2012
Hull City Council working in partnership with Humberside Police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has seized six high payment machines at two premises in the city.

After receiving intelligence, Enforcement Officers at Hull City Council along with Humberside Police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs visited Café Anatolia, 93 Beverley Road and another Café on 147 Spring Bank on Thursday 12 April.

It was found that these premises were operating gaming machines that were not in accordance with an authorisation under the Gambling Act 2005.

All six machines were only authorised to be in licensed snooker clubs, members clubs and other gambling establishments such as licensed betting shops, amusement arcades and casinos.

Keith Fenner, Hull City Council's Licensing Manager, said:

"This operation sends out a clear message that illegal gambling activity in the city is not acceptable. Gaming machines that are on premises without authorisation, will ultimately result in seizure, destruction and prosecution of offenders.

"The operators of these particular premises have not followed the Gambling Act 2005, which is in place to prevent gambling from being a source for crime and disorder or support crime as well as ensuring gambling is conducted in a fair and open way."
Tim Bright, Gambling Commission Compliance Manager, said:

"This is another good example of shared regulation tackling operators offering gaming machines outside of the law.

"We will continue to work with Hull City Council and HM Revenue and Customs to keep gambling fair and safe."

Anyone who is considering installing gaming machines on their premises or who wants to offer any kind of gambling facility in Hull, should contact Hull City Council's Licensing Department for advice either in person at our offices at 33 Witham, Hull, HU9 1DB or by calling 01482 300 300.

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. Further information can be found at or by calling their advice line on 0808 8020 133.


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