The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) and independent charity Crimestoppers have come together as part of an initiative to stamp out match fixing and illegal betting on British sports.
Director of Regulation for the UKGC, Nick Tofiluk, said of the new scheme:
“We are delighted with this new arrangement as it strengthens the collaboration between ourselves and law enforcement through the charity. The agreement builds on the excellent relationship we already have with UK police forces and national law enforcement agencies. It makes it clear that we take the threat of criminality and match fixing seriously.
“Match fixing is corruption and affects the legitimate interests of public, betting operators, sports and the GB’s reputation for integrity. It is the responsibility of us all to ensure that this is tackled quickly and robustly and Crimestoppers provides the opportunity for those with information to pass this to the police and Gambling Commission quickly.”
Crimestoppers, an independent charity that allows members of the public to anonymously report crimes, will now inform the UKGC and the police of any reports from the public about gambling-related criminality or corruption. It is the UKGC’s Intelligence Unit that will work alongside Crimestoppers.
Paul Kennedy, the Assistant Chief Constable and Lead for Gambling of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said:
“This initiative is a further example of how the police service is working with other agencies to tackle criminality related to match fixing in sport and more generally, on criminality linked to gambling. Crimestoppers provides a really useful opportunity for information to be provided on this type of illegal activity.”