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Bookmaker Paddy Power wins legal battle to open shop in Newham

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

A bookmaker has won an appeal against a London council’s refusal to allow it to open a betting shop because of crime concerns.

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the UK, Newham Council in east London rejected Paddy Power’s licence application for a new shop on the grounds it would attract crime and anti-social behaviour.

Read the full article in The London Evening Standard online. 

Mayor renews call for betting shop curbs

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

Hackney’s Mayor, Jules Pipe has responded to news that Newham Council has lost it’s battle to stop the betting shop chain Paddy Power opening yet another branch in its borough.  Hackney, like Newham, has a very high number of betting shops, and over the past six years, Mayor Pipe has repeatedly made the case to Government Ministers that councils do not have the powers they need to stop the proliferation of betting shops on high streets, despite high levels of community concern.

Read the full article on Hackney Council News online.

Court opens floodgate to high-stakes bet machines after test case is kicked out

Posted on June 18, 2013 by admin

The High Street faces a new tidal wave of casino-style betting machines in bookmakers after a court kicked out a vital test case yesterday.

The warning came after Newham Council – which already has 81 betting shops including 18 on a single street – tried to prevent gambling chain Paddy Power from opening yet another one.

Read the full article on the Daily Mail online. 

Paddy Power wins legal case over shop licence

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin

The Irish bookie went to court after Newham Council blocked it from opening a new branch in Upton Park, Hackney, on the grounds that the majority of the shop’s income would be generated from gaming machines known as fixed-odds terminals.

Anti-gambling campaigners claim fixed-odds terminals are highly addictive and have labelled them the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online. 

Newham council told to accept betting shop it rejected

Posted on June 17, 2013 by admin

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.

Read the full article on The Guardian online.

Joan Burnie: It’s time to act against betting machines when odds are stacked against the poor

Posted on June 14, 2013 by admin

JOAN reckons Newham Council are right to refuse a licence to a shop on the grounds it would make more money from gaming machines than from more traditional betting.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online.

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

Posted on June 13, 2013 by admin

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. 

New Evidence Shows Addictive Betting Shop Roulette Machines Prey on the Vulnerable

Posted on June 11, 2013 by admin

On the day Newham Council defends its decision in court to refuse an application for the 77th betting shop in the borough, a brand new survey reveals the extent of the damage that casino style roulette machines, also known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), are having on poor and vulnerable Londoners.

The survey, carried out by 2CV, is one of the largest ever conducted on the attitudes and gambling habits of betting shop users. It polled 501 people in Newham to read the full article please click one of the links below:

PR Newswire

The Wall Street Journal


Digital Journal

The Sacramento Bee

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

Posted on June 10, 2013 by admin

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. 

Roulette Machines: The new drug of choice for gamblers

Posted on June 7, 2013 by admin

The addictive nature of Roulette machines is becoming a cause for concern for some.

In England, roulette machines have attracted new interest this year after research showed there was a far higher number of the terminals in poor areas of high unemployment than on richer high streets.

Read the full article in the Bet Cruise blog online.