In a first, a London Council has stripped a pub of its gambling license for allowing children to use betting machines.
The council revoked the gambling license of The George, a J D Wetherspoon pub in Wanstead High Street. The action followed after undercover police cadets, 14 and 15, were able to bet on two occasions in January and June and without any age verification.
Sue Harper, of Redbridge council, said: “We 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.”
Now the pub will have to part with five of its gaming machines; however, it is still allowed to keep two as it promised to use technology which would alert staff upon the machines being used.
Last month, The UK Gambling Commission asked pubs in the country to make sure that they are doing enough to prevent underage and minors from betting on fruit machines which come under Category C gaming machines.
The gambling regulator made the call after a study found that about 84 percent of the pubs in the country have failed to stop underage from gambling.
According to the existing regulations, anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to play these so-called ‘fruit machines’ in pubs. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the staff and pub managers to ensure that minors are not allowed on such gambling machines.