Adrian Parkinson: Gaming machines are a safe bet to cause crime

Posted on June 13, 2013 by admin
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THE conviction of Mark Rutter for a vicious attack on two betting shop staff in Dalkeith is just one more example of the crime and disorder being perpetuated by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – the roulette machines in bookies across the country.

Nothing can justify Rutter’s actions and he deserves the sentence bestowed upon him. But we need to understand what causes betting shop punters and, in particular, players of these machines to be driven to such anger that they explode with violence and aggression – because this incident is not an 
isolated one.

Read the full article in The Scotsman online.