Police sting to find illegal betting during Cheltenham Festival
A police operation to find illegal betting during Cheltenham Festival failed to find any offences.
Borders Police in Scotland were involved in a crackdown with the Gambling Commission to find those taking bets without licenses during Cheltenham's famous raceweek.
Pubs were visited in the area of Hawick, but no offences were detected in last week's operation.
Assistant Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: "The Cheltenham Festival is a popular fixture in the horse-racing calendar and many people enjoy placing a bet as part of the event.
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"Unfortunately there is a minority who choose to take advantage of this by running illegal gambling operations, which may take place within pubs and clubs. "We will not tolerate illegal betting activity taking place in licensed premises and we will deal robustly with anyone involved in this practise."
Gambling Commission investigations manager Jim McCartan added: "The Gambling Commission was pleased to lend support to this multi-agency operation.
"Working in partnership with other law enforcement agencies is central to the Commission's approach to keeping gambling fair and safe."