44 Illegal machines seized in Haringey raid


A war on illegal gaming machines broke out in Haringey this week when 44 were removed from premises across the borough.

Council Enforcement officers teamed up with the Metropolitan Police and Borough Commander, Sandra Looby, along with the Gambling Commission, to carry out Operation Elgar at the beginning of the week.

The focus of the operation was to target premises accommodating unlicensed gaming machines and clamp down on illegal gambling.

Cllr Nilgun Canver, said: “Premises require a licence to house these machines so that we can monitor their effect on the community. The council is determined to ensure that only those with licences are allowed to keep them because they can attract anti-social behaviour and problems for local communities.”

Haringey Borough Commander Sandra Looby said: “We will use our full range of powers alongside the council and other law enforcement agencies, in order to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour to make Haringey safer.”

Gambling Commission Regional Compliance Manager for the South-East, Clive Noblett said: “The Gambling Commission was pleased to lend support to this successful multi-agency operation in Haringey. As a result of our involvement we are now pursuing a number of new lines of enquiry into the illegal supply of gaming machines.

”Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Commission’s approach to keeping gambling fair and safe as part of a system of shared regulation.”

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