Police callouts to bookmakers average 165 a week

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin
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Police were called out on average 165 times a week to bookmakers in 2012-2013 – yet gambling companies chose to report just 1% of these callouts as suspicious enough to warrant reporting to the industry regulator.

The weekly figure was calculated using the Gambling Commission’s response to a freedom of information request in which it reveals that there were 8,599 customer incidents in betting shops requiring police assistance. During the same period just 98 suspicious activity reports (SARs) were submitted to the regulator by bookmakers and passed on to the now defunct Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.