Spike in betting shop violence ‘due to high stake machines’
Posted on June 10, 2015
Addictive high-stake gambling machines are to blame for a high rise in reported crime at betting shops across the country, according to campaigners.
A Freedom of Information request to the gambling regulator revealed that police were called out to betting shops 9,083 times last year, an increase of 1,600 incidents on 2013.
Read the full story at The Christian Institute online
Premier League clubs warned over ‘unlicensed’ overseas betting deals
Posted on November 18, 2014
The national gambling regulator has warned the Football Association about the dangers of sponsorship deals between Premier League clubs and unlicensed overseas gambling firms, in a move that could cost the league as much as £90m a year in sponsorship revenue.
The warning from the Gambling Commission comes as it emerged that a three-year, “multimillion pound” deal between Arsenal and gambling firm Bodog may be called into question after it emerged the Canada-based firm did not have the licence to advertise to British gamblers.
Problem Gambler Five Point Plan
Posted on June 17, 2014
If gambling is becoming problematic and you feel you might be developing an addiction, the five steps below will start to help you overcome it.
(1) Ban yourself from all gambling venues
You can self-exclude from betting shops by signing forms and handing over passport photos. Although there is no guarantee that staff will stop letting you in, it’s certainly a step in the right direction for your recovery. Self-exclusion tends to be more stringent in casinos, so rescinding your membership is worthwhile. Do this for all adult gaming centres and bingo halls too, and make sure you self-exclude for the maximum possible term.
Holyrood message by Stuart McMillan MSP
Posted on March 14, 2014
Last week, at the Scottish Parliament, I lodged a motion in relation to Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in Scotland.
The motion received cross-party support from the opposition parties within hours, although as I write this column the motion has not been supported by some MSPs in the West of Scotland.
Read the full article in the Greenock Telegraph online
Posted on March 14, 2014
I fully share the concerns expressed by the Evening Post over the huge increase in the number of betting shops and gaming machines in and around our city (LEP March 10).
We are a nation that is becoming addicted to gambling. All research indicates that this growth is greatest in the least well-off areas of our community.
This, I am sure, reflects the desperation of many people to escape from the cycle of poverty and debt.
Read the full article in the Lancashire Evening Post online