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New gambling guidelines come into effect

New gambling guidelines will help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

North Tyneside Council’s updated policy for the regulation of gambling activities in the borough comes into effect this week.

The Gambling Act 2005 gives licensing authorities a range of powers to licence gambling activities in their communities.

North Tyneside Council’s Licensing Policy Statement (Gambling) provides guidance on the approach the council takes on gambling licensing matters.

It’s reviewed every three years and the existing policy, which expires on Thursday, January 31, will be replaced by an updated policy which was agreed at Full Council in November 2018.

As with the previous policy, it includes a ‘no casino’ resolution, which prevents any casino operating in the borough. It also now features a new section on child sexual exploitation awareness.

The licensing service is delivered for the council by its partner Capita.

Cllr Carole Burdis, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Protecting children from harm is one of the most important things local authorities do but we also need the help of the wider community.

“Raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing it and stopping it early when it does happen. For this reason, we have included within the policy signs for licensees and residents to look out for and action to take.”