Newham council’s decision to block betting shop goes before judge

Posted on June 10, 2013 by admin
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London borough says it dismissed application as premises would be primarily used for gaming machines not traditional betting.

The proliferation of betting shops in poorer areas has led to increasing crime and underage gambling, fuelled by high-speed, high stakes gambling machines, a court will hear on Monday.

In a test case, Newham council, in east London, will seek to defend its decision to dismiss an application for a new Paddy Power betting shop on the grounds that it would make more money from gaming machines than from traditional betting on horses and sports results. The local authority said that by using the premises primarily for gaming rather than gambling, the licensing conditions of the 2005 Gambling Act would not be met – the first time such a power has been exercised.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.