Street Betting Act 1906

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1906 c. 43


Street Betting Act, 1906

(6 Edw. 7.) CHAPTER 43.

An Act for the Suppression of Betting in Streets and other Public Places.

[21st December 1906]

B E it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Betting in a street, &c.

1 Betting in a street, &c.

(1) Any person frequenting or loitering in streets or public places, on behalf either of himself or of any other person, for the purpose of bookmaking, or betting, or wagering, or agreeing to bet or wager, or paying or receiving or settling bets, shall

(a ) in the case of a first offence be liable, on conviction under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts, to a fine not exceeding ten pounds;

(b ) in the case of a second offence be liable, on conviction under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts, to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds; and

(c ) in the case of a third or subsequent offence, or in any case where it is proved that the person whilst committing the offence had any betting transaction with a person under the age of sixteen years, be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for a term not exceeding six months without the option of a fine, or on conviction under the Summary Jurisdiction Acts to a fine not exceeding thirty pounds or to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for a term not exceeding three months, without the option of a fine;

and shall in any case be liable to forfeit all books, cards, papers, and other articles relating to betting which may be found in his possession.

(2) Any constable may take into custody without warrant any person found committing an offence under this Act, and may seize and detain any article liable to be forfeited under this Act.

(3) Any person who appears to the court to be under the age of sixteen years shall for the purpose of this section be deemed to be under that age unless the contrary be proved, or unless the person charged shall satisfy the court that he had reasonable ground for believing otherwise.

(4) For the purpose of this section the word ‘street’ shall include any highway and any public bridge, road, lane, footway, square, court, alley, or passage, whether a thoroughfare or not; and the words ‘public place’ shall include any public park, garden, or seabeach,...

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