In a win for the arcade industry, a series of test purchases conducted by Lincolnshire Police have revealed strong responsible gambling standards at arcades in the region. Underage volunteers were sent into nine locations throughout Skegness and attempted to play gaming machines. In each case staff successfully spotted and challenged the young players and asked them to leave the premises.
The arcades visited by the test purchase procedure were reportedly: Harris Amusements, Coinsville, Copperama, Ling’s Amusements, Tower Casino, Lucky Strike, Plaza Amusements, Funland and Skegness Pier.
A representative from East Lindsey District Council argued that the strong performance was the result of a work undertaken by the regulators and the local authority, although the resolve of the operators to enact responsible gambling likely also played a major role in the outcome of the scheme.
“We have worked closely with the Gambling Commission and gambling premises to share good practice to help ensure compliance,” said compliance officer, Neil Brooks. “This work appears to have had a significant impact as this year’s test operation has produced 100 percent pass rate in Skegness. We endeavour to assist the gaming industry to operate and thrive as much as possible along our coastal strip whilst still ensuring that children cannot be adversely affected by gambling.”