Gambling test purchase at Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards success
A test purchasing operation saw a 100 per cent pass rate from all of the establishments which had previously failed on the east coast.
Working with the Gambling Commission, East Lindsey District Council undertook test purchasing at age-restricted gambling locations in within coastal establishments in Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards with 15 and 16-year-olds.
After an initial visit only two of the six premises visited prevented the youngsters from accessing age-restricted areas and playing gambling machines.
Those which failed the test were revisited by council staff and advised on Gambling Laws. Another test purchasing operation saw a 100 per cent pass rate from all of the establishments which had previously failed.
The Leader of the Council, Doreen Stephenson, who also has responsibility for Licencing, said: “I am pleased that the re-test saw a 100 per cent pass rate and better compliance with the law. It goes to show that while the Council is robust in the pro-active stance it takes with regards to coastal gambling establishments, it is also fair.
“This is not about catching people out, it is about identifying a lack of knowledge and educating gambling operators so that they know exactly what they need to do and how to do it. We will continue to work with all of our licenced gambling operators and look forward to seeing similarly positive results in the future.
“Our coastal resorts are popular with families and people of all ages and we remain committed to ensuring that they are a safe environment for young people to visit.”
All licensees are required to put into effect policies and procedures designed to prevent underage gambling, and monitor the effectiveness of these. The test purchasing operations check that there is compliance with the law and assess the ability of licensees to identify and prevent underage gambling. Further test purchasing operations will take place in the future.