Bookmakers Offer Blanket Self-exclusion Program to Glasgow Problem Gamblers
Posted on July 29, 2015
Gamblers in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, now have the option to bar themselves from up to 36 bookmaking shops in the city center with just one phone call.
Previously, gamblers were only able to exclude themselves from bookmakers on an individual, shop-by-shop basis.
The pilot scheme, which, if successful in Glasgow, will be rolled out across the UK, will provide a confidential helpline that offers information on how to find help for gambling problems, as well as the self-exclusion service.
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Gamblers lose over £16m last year on controversial betting terminals in Redbridge
Posted on July 13, 2015
Redbridge’s gamblers lost £16,262,226 last year on controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT), new figures have revealed.
In research by The Campaign for Fairer Gambling, a total of 10,653 players used 256 FOBTs in 71 betting shops across Redbridge in 2014.
Read the full article in the Guardian Series online.
Redhill betting shop worker left ‘shaken’ after knifepoint robbery
Posted on June 8, 2015
A betting shop worker was left “shaken” after being held at knifepoint during an armed robbery in Redhill on Friday night (June 5).
Surrey Police said a man entered the Coral bookmakers in the High Street just before 9pm and approached the front counter, threatening a member of staff with what appeared to be a knife.
Read the full story at Get Surrey online
Why hasn’t the Gambling Commission cracked the bookmakers’ code?
Posted on June 4, 2015
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on new DCMS Ministers to “get tough” on bookmakers and the Gambling Commission.
“Their original Code provided insufficient assurance that they were taking social responsibility, particularly in relation to FOBTs, seriously”. That was the view of the Gambling Commission and government Ministers in respect of the first set of measures proposed by the bookmakers as part of their “world leading” Code of Conduct.
Gambling addict avoids jail after stealing nearly £700 from unemployed people
Posted on May 22, 2015
A JOB centre worker stole nearly £700 from accounts set up to help unemployed people to feed his gambling addiction.
Rajesh Masih, 42, a leader at his local church, built up debts betting on horses, dogs and roulette machines, Luton crown court heard today.
Prosecutor David Jenkins said Masih worked for the Department of Work and Pensions in Bedford, supporting job seekers trying to find work.
Read the full article in Bedfordshire News online.