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Editor’s Comment: There needs to be stricter controls over gambling

Ronnie Childs playing the slot machines at Liles Betting Shop in Middleton. Leeds.  (BR1002/17k) 14 February 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Ronnie Childs playing the slot machines at Liles Betting Shop in Middleton. Leeds. (BR1002/17k) 14 February 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Figures revealed this week show that last year £2.2 million was lost on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in Bassetlaw.

And that figure doesn’t even take into account the sums lost by local people gambling online and on sports events in betting shops.

At one time or another we’ve probably all had a gamble, be it on the Lotto, the Grand National, or a football accumulator.

It can be fun and exciting, especially when you win.

But I bet most of us have actually lost a lot more than we’ve won over the years.

For some people the lure of gambling is too much and they sucked in deep.

I’ve had friends who have had serious gambling addictions, and have ended up in a terrible financial problems.

To witness the devastating effect this can have on people’s lives is bad enough, what it must be like to actually have to endure that is unimaginable.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is calling for FOBTs to be removed from betting sops, but I don’t believe this is the answer.

But there needs to stricter controls on gambling in this country, and extra safeguards in place to prevent people’s lives being ruined when they get addicted.

 

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