The UK Gambling Commission’s confidential intelligence line designed to allow gamblers, licensed operators and sports people alike to ‘tip-off' the authorities on questionable gambling practices has apparently been effective during its first quarter of operation.
A statement from the Commission this week reveals that in its first six months of operation the line has received over 120 calls, a significant number of which contributed to ongoing criminal and regulatory investigations.
The new line (0121 230 6655) was formally launched in May 2010 and allows individuals to make anonymous reports to help the Commission tackle both illegal unlicensed gambling and non-compliant licensed gambling.
The line is staffed by the Commission’s existing intelligence experts between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday (a message can be left outside of these hours) and to date calls have been received on almost every day the line has been open.
The Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said: “The Gambling Commission’s Confidential Intelligence Line (0121) 230 6655 is actively helping keep gambling fair and safe for all.”