BBPA warns pubs over AWP machine status

BBPA warns pubs over AWP machine status

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has warned pub operators to ensure that any gaming machines they have are fully compliant with gaming regulations and licensing conditions. The warning was issued after evidence was seized from nine licensed premises by the Gambling Commission in raids conducted with the cooperation of four police forces on May 24. The Gambling Commission has reported that police have seized gaming machines and related equipment following a national operation focusing on the illegal manufacture and supply of such machines. These included Amusements With Prizes machines (AWPs) presented as Skills With Prizes machines (SWPs), contravening the November 2010 agreement with HMRC with regard to the definition of skill machines. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds commented: "Pubs need to be aware, so they are not caught out, as the Gambling Commission is determined to see these new rules enforced. "It is possible that some of these machines have inadvertently found their way into pub premises, so pubs do need to double-check, to protect themselves."
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