November 28, 2019

Redbridge London Borough Council revokes pub gaming license for underage play

Redbridge London Borough Council revokes pub gaming license for underage play

Redbridge London Borough Council is the first local authority in the UK to revoke a pub’s gaming machine license. The council revoked the gaming license of The George Public House, a JD Wetherspoon branch, after discovering that it repeatedly failed to stop children from playing the terminals.

The decision is based on two operations: one in January and the other in July this year. This involved police cadets aged below 16 years old entering the pub and spending £3 on the machines. The staff at the pub did not even bother asking for proof of age, while plain-clothed police officers witnessed the event. According to the law, only customers aged 18 and above are allowed to play the machines.

The George Public House previously had the right to host up to seven Category C gaming machines that cost £1 per game and a maximum payout of £100. Based on the council’s decision, the pub will lose the right to five machines for which it needed to apply for a license.

But the council’s licensing subcommittee allowed the pub to keep its right to operate two betting terminals, after they were assured that the venue would implement technology to notify staff when machines are being used, including measures to protect children.

The council’s Corporate Director for Place, Sue Harper, explained that the council takes underage gambling quite seriously.

“Businesses with permits to operate betting machines have a legal obligation to protect children and other valuable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling,” she said.

“At Redbridge, we put the welfare of our children at the heart of everything we do and won’t be afraid to use the full weight of the law against businesses in the borough that fail in their legal obligations to safeguard young people,” she added.

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