Posted on August 1, 2017
Violence in and around betting shops rises in London
New figures have shown that assaults and criminal damage in and around betting shops in London are on the rise.
The number of violent incidents going up by 24% from 2014 to 2016, and criminal damage rising by a third in the same time period.
As well as this, some incidents of criminal damage in betting shops were previously remaining unreported to the authorities. The guidance for reporting such incidents has changed, but with no indication as to when this change took place there is chance that these figures could be higher.
Posted on July 1, 2017
Labour’s Jo Stevens delivers PMQs burn to Theresa May over ‘reckless gambling’
In the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new Parliament, Labour’s Jo Stevens delivered a ‘ruthless burn’ to Prime Minister, Theresa May.
The Cardiff Central MP, Jo Stevens, wants to see a crackdown on FOBTs asking Theresa May to “now commit to legislating against fixed odds betting terminals”, machines which she believes to be the “cause of much hardship in our communities”.
Theresa May responded by saying a consultation had been carried out into FOBTs which have been likened to crack cocaine due to their addictive nature.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral ‘bends rules that protect gambling addicts’
A former employee of Ladbrokes Coral has exposed tactics used by the company to encourage customers to increase the amount they are betting on FOBTs.
The senior figure revealed that staff were encouraged to bend the rules that are in place to protect gambling addicts, in exchange for bonuses and rewards. The shocking fact was revealed under a condition of anonymity, but the staff member stated that the only way to protect gamblers from losses made on FOBT machines is to radically reduce the stakes.
Posted on May 17, 2017
Punters lose billions in fixed‑odds betting frenzy
It has been reported that UK gamblers have lost £11 billion on FOBTs since 2008, a figure which has cost the economy almost 200,000 jobs according to recent research.
Many believe these new figures will add further pressure to Theresa May to outline Tory plans surrounding FOBTs and a FOBT stake reduction. Labour has already confirmed their promise to cap stakes to £2 and Conservative Think Tank, ResPublica, has urged the Prime Minister to follow suit.
Posted on April 11, 2017
Customer had to kick bookies door down after employee collapses
Tragedy hit a bookies in Birkenhead when customers spent five minutes breaking their way into a branch of Ladbrokes after realising a member of staff had suffered a heart attack.
The customers managed to administer CPR and call an ambulance but the staff member sadly passed away later that evening.
The incident has called into question the staffing protocol of Ladbrokes as the member of staff in question was the only one on duty at the time.