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.


New guidelines protect pubs and curb betting shops and takeways
Posted on May 22, 2015

Planning guidance to protect community pubs, restrict the number of new fast food takeaways near schools and control the spread of betting shops has been approved.

The ‘Town Centre Uses Supplementary Planning Document’ builds on policies in Wandsworth’s Local Plan. It  helps guide planners on how pubs can be protected and whether takeaways or betting shops should be allowed to open.

Read the full article in The Wandsworth Government online.


Betting terminal answers
Posted on May 22, 2015

THE new UK government is being asked by a Greenock-based MSP to clarify its position on fixed odds betting terminals.

Stuart McMillan MSP has campaigned against the terminals which, he believes, have ruined lives by encouraging people to gamble too much money.

He said: “The new Conservative Culture, Media & Sport Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, had previously called for the machines to be rolled out in bingo halls and motorway service stations.

Read the full article in The Greenock Telegraph online.


Thousands of Welsh teenagers said to be ‘blighted’ by mental health problems due to gambling addictions
Posted on May 19, 2015

Assembly Member for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw says more than 3,000 teenagers in Wales are problem gamblers

Thousands of teenagers in Wales are “problem gamblers” left “blighted” with personal and mental health problems because of uncontrollable addictions to betting, it has been revealed.

Assembly Member Mick Antoniw claims a huge growth in online betting and exposure to unprecedented levels of gambling advertisements are threatening the wellbeing of young people across the country.

Read the full article in Wales Online.


Reform concerns over new minister
Posted on May 19, 2015

A GAMBLING campaigner from Wigan lobbying for reforms has reacted with dismay at the appointment of the new culture secretary.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed John Whittingdale in the cabinet role last week, replacing Sajid Javid.

But representatives from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling are concerned about Mr Whittingdale’s history of supporting the use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and the relaxation of gambling laws.

Dubbed the crack-cocaine of gambling, the quick-play roulette machines can take up to £100 from gamblers every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in Wigan Today online.

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