FRONT PAGE STORY: Gamblers wagered a staggering £46billion on betting terminals last year – nearly 50 per cent up in four years.
Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the high street, the machines allow punters to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds. They have been linked to the laundering of drugs money and councils are trying to rein them in.
But Gambling Commission figures show that bookmakers raked in profits of £1.55billion from the terminals between April 2012 and March 2013. It also found that more than 600,000 children were either stopped in – or trying to enter – betting shops last year, six times as many as in 2009.
Read Tim Shipman’s front page Daily Mail story for more details.