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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Gaming machines warning

POLICE have issued a warning to pubs and clubs across South Cumbria as theybelieve a number of gaming and bandit machines are being targeted by offenders travelling from outside of the county.

Pubs are being told to be vigilant after Cumbria police said officers stopped three men in Ulverston town centre at around 3.45pm on Saturday and seized around £700 in coins and cash.

It is understood the Sun, in Market Street and the Globe, in Queen Street, were among the places targeted.

Detective Sergeant Helen Ellis said: “Enquires are ongoing to try and establish where this money may have come from but we are appealing to pubs and clubs that have bandit and gaming machines to be vigilant.

“We suspect that machines across South Cumbria are being targeted and we need licensees to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity or individuals to police immediately on 101.

“It is important to try to make note of any vehicle registration details of cars involved and report it to us immediately so we can take action.

“We are also urging companies who manage the lease of gaming machines in public houses to check their machines and report any discrepancies or concerns to us.”

l Two men from Blackpool, aged 20 and 25, and a 44-year-old man from Warrington were arrested and were bailed until March 9.

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