A council has lost its battle to stop the opening of a new betting shop in its borough.
The multinational bookmaker Paddy Power won its appeal at Thames magistrates court against a refusal by Newham council, in east London, to allow it to open a betting shop in the area, one of the country’s most deprived. Newham has more than 80 betting shops already – the third highest of any London borough.
Councillors rejected an operator’s licence in February, arguing that the shop would attract crime and antisocial behaviour, and that profits would come from high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines rather than from over the counter bets.
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