Hyndburn Council has this week voted on a motion to take action on betting shop roulette machines on the high street. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has today backed their call for restrictions on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.
Following similar motions in Liverpool, Brighton, Preston and others across the country, Hyndburn now joins a growing chorus of Councils demanding action to curb what have been described by national newspapers as the “crack cocaine of gambling”.
Across the Hyndburn’s parliamentary constituency there are approximately 13 betting shops that last year saw £51 million gambled on 48 FOBTs. Because betting shops are limited to four FOBTs per shop, bookmakers are now opening multiple shops on high streets to maximize the number of machines and revenue they make from this highly contentious gambling product. Asrevealed recently in the Daily Mail, £46bn was gambled on these machines across the country last year.
Supporting Hyndburn Councillors in their bid to halt the rise of high speed, high stake digital casino gaming on their high streets, Adrian Parkinson from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling said: “FOBTs are the most addictive form of gambling, and now account for over half of bookmakers’ profits. Hyndburn has decided that the high street is not the place for hard gambling, especially when these machines are so open to abuse from money launderers.”
Haslingden and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones added: “Hyndburn councillors like many councillors of all parties are frustrated at the lack of powers they have to stop the spread of these highly addictive machines on their high street. £51m was gambled on these mini casinos in Hyndburn last year.
“The Council are right to send a clear message to the Government to give them the powers to tackle this problem rather than what the government are choosing to do, back the profits of the gambling industry instead.”
For more information visit www.stopthefobts.org.