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More than 150 illegal gambling machines have been seized in Haringey in the last 10 months.

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Earlier this month, the sixth operation carried out by Haringey Council and the police resulted in the seizure of four illegal betting machines during visits to 10 Haringey businesses.

This brings the total of illegal machines seized in the borough to 151 since Operation Elgar began last July.

Cllr Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Betting machines are licensed for a reason-to make sure they are in an appropriate place and can only be accessed by people old enough to use them.

“Unlicensed machines can attract anyone with cash in their pockets even thought the stakes can be high. The council will continue to seize unlicensed gambling machines, many of which are placed in shops where you would not expect to find them.

“Gambling on these machines can lead to anti-social behaviour as unwitting gamblers can lose all their income in the blink of an eye while doing something as mundane as going to collect some fish and chips.”

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