£25K and 60 machines seized in Derry gaming crackdown

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Police in Derry have seized £25,000 and 60 gaming machines during a crackdown on illegal gaming in the city.

One man was also arrested during Operation Blackjack, carried out in the city yesterday (April 16).

“Following concerns raised to us by the public in relation to illegal gaming, local neighbourhood officers in Foyle carried out a number of searches as part of efforts to disrupt the illegal gaming industry here in the city,” Area Commander Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said.

“On top of the seizure at the residential property we inspected 15 premises right across the city to ensure there were no illegal gaming machines being used.”

The man was arrested and the cash and machines seized during a search of a residential property in the city, police said.

Chief Inspector Burrows continued: “I am glad to say that on the whole the majority of premises were operating within the law however any machines discovered were immediately seized by police. As part of this one man was cautioned in relation to having an illegal gaming machine on his premises.

“This is not a victimless crime. There are real issues here around addiction and exposing younger people to the culture of gambling. Part of our regular city centre patrols are checks of arcades and similar premises to ensure no one under the age of 18 is allowed entry.

“While this particular operation has proved very successful regular inspections will continue to ensure that all premises are operating legally.”

PSNI Neighbourhood officers were assisted in this operation by colleagues from Crime Team, Dog Handling Unit, G District Licensing Officer and advice and guidance was provided throughout the operation by the Gambling Commission.