The Gambling Commission has stated that measures to improve the level of protection offered to children and young people need to be strengthened after completing its latest programme of underage testing across various gambling venues across the UK.

Conducted by local authorities in partnership with the Commission, the latest round of underage gambling test purchasing revealed that many operators have inadequate controls for preventing underage gambling.

In half of the tests (20 out of 40) of adult gaming centres and betting shops, a supervised test purchaser under the age of 18 was allowed to play on a gaming machine and leave the premises without being challenged to prove their age.

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