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‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

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Gamblers urged to take part in ‘Flutter-Free’ February

Those who gamble in Wales are being encouraged to pledge to stop gambling in February to raise awareness of the emotional and financial problems it can cause.

Flutter-Free February is a new campaign by ‘Beat the Odds’ which encourages those who gamble online or at the bookies to stop for the next month.

Pledges are also encouraged to send a thumbs-up selfie to show support for the campaign and raise awareness.

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MPs back Newham Council’s campaign on fixed odds betting machines

The strong words come from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) investigating the B2 category of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT), which are found in high street bookies and allow customers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

The APPG report comes after Newham Council lead a campaign, backed by 92 other local authorities, for tighter regulation of FOBTs.

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Government must act on betting terminals, urges Christian charity

There are fresh calls from a Christian charity that the government reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to just £2.

Care has been speaking out after the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FOBTs published its final report of a six-month inquiry.

Following growing disquiet among politicians about the harm being caused on Britain’s high streets by the machines, the MPs have recommended a cut in the maximum stake.

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Bookmakers ‘in denial’ as ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ report released

Bookmakers who refused to take part in an inquiry into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are ‘in denial’ of the serious problems associated with the machines, the inquiry has found.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FOBTs made the comments as it released its report into the machines.

FOBTs allow gamblers to wager up to £100 every 20 seconds and are often dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling because of their addictive nature.

Read the full story on the Christian Institute Website


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“I just found your campaign website. It is refreshing to see you take the issue of FOBT's to hear and I would like to participate and offer support.

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