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 on: Today at 06:49:17 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Staff threatened with 'iron bar' in bookmaker raid

Rob Stocks 12:38
This image of police at the BetFred store in Red Bank Road was submitted to The Gazette
This image of police at the BetFred store in Red Bank Road was submitted to The Gazette
15:31 Monday 22 May 2017

Staff at a Blackpool bookmaker were threatened by an armed raider who made off with £1,000 in cash.

Police were called to the BetFred store in Red Bank Road, Bispham at around 11.10am on Monday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "We were called to the BetFred bookmakers this morning following reports of a robbery.

"A man has entered the shop with what appears to be an iron bar.

"He has threatened a staff member and demanded cash.

"The man then went behind the counter and made further threats to the staff member who has handed over cash."

Police said there were no customers in the betting shop at the time of the incident.

Around £1,000 in cash was handed to the man who then left the scene on foot.

Officers from Blackpool CID are investigating the incident and are hunting for the man responsible.

He is described as 6ft 2in tall,of athletic build with black hair and what police described as 'facial fuzz'.

He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 343 of May 22.

 on: Today at 06:48:17 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Armed robber who held up Stevenage and Letchworth bookmakers sent to Young Offender Institution

JP Asher
23 May, 2017 - 07:02
Ken Kwezi, 18, used a knife to hold up bookmakers in Stevenage and Letchworth for a total of £3,500. Picture: Herts police
Ken Kwezi, 18, used a knife to hold up bookmakers in Stevenage and Letchworth for a total of £3,500. Picture: Herts police

An 18-year-old armed robber who held up Stevenage and Letchworth bookmakers for £3,500 has been sent to a Young Offender Institution.

Ken Kwezi, of Butler Way in Kempston, used a knife to threaten staff at Coral in Letchworth and Paddy Power in Stevenage town centre during the robberies on February 18 and 19.

And he was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars by judge Recorder George Pulman QC when he appeared at Huntingdon Law Courts on Friday.

Kwezi – who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of weapon possession at a hearing in April – stole about £500 from the Letchworth shop, with up to £3,000 taken in the Stevenage incident.

Police issued a public photo appeal in March during their attempts to trace him.

The teenager was sentenced to three years and four months for one robbery and three years for the other, as well as 12 months for each of the weapons charges – with all the sentences to be served concurrently.

In addition to the Young Offender Institution term, he must pay a £170 surcharge.

 on: Today at 06:26:50 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Cashing out in sports betting: implications for regulation & problem gambling

 on: May 21, 2017, 06:57:16 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Premier League Wag blows £100,000 in one night at same casino where Wayne Rooney lost £500,000

Cecilia Martin

A PREMIER League star’s wife blew £100,000 in one night — gambling at the casino where Wayne Rooney lost £500,000.

The Wag, who was out with friends, played the roulette wheel.

A Prem Wag blew £100k in one night at Manchester 235 casino

The international ace now fears she may have a gambling addiction and has told mates she needs help.

A source said: “The player is a good lad who has played at the top level for a long time.

“He is sensible with his money and has earned millions throughout his career and done all the right things — bought a house, made investments and sorted out a nice pension.

“His wife enjoys the finer things in life and the trappings of wealth. But he was shocked to learn she had lost so much money in one go.

“He doesn’t mind her having a flutter, but he remains a working-class lad at heart and he wouldn’t dream of losing that kind of money gambling.”

 on: May 19, 2017, 06:39:00 AM 
Started by DaftDave - Last post by DaftDave
Euromillions winner's son loses court battle for money for life

I have lost count of how many stories I have seen where big winners end up with sad stuff happening

 on: May 18, 2017, 06:58:41 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Barking & Dagenham uses data to manage bookies

Research by borough’s data science team feeds into new licensing policy and parliamentary debate

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s data science team has used recent findings from its data science team to determine elements of its gambling licence policy.

Fingers on betting terminal buttonPye Nyunt, the borough’s Insight Hub manager, told innovation charity Nesta’s City Data Analytics conference that the data has been used to gain a better understanding of how local betting shops can influence gambling abuse.

The model took in demographics, the proximity of schools and colleges to betting shops, local mental health problems, the presence of homeless shelters, food banks and payday loan shops. It used tree based models to come up with the spatial indices, z-scores (which indicate how many standard deviations an element is from the mean) to normalise the data, and kernel density estimations to approximate how many vulnerable people were living close to the betting shops.

“The model enabled us to understand where the most vulnerable people are in the borough,” Nyunt said.

Concentrated abuse

The team initially expected to find that gambling abuse was scattered across Braking & Dagenham, but found it was in fact concentrated in three wards. It also established that the shops were clustered together to attract gamblers who had exhausted their credit for fixed odd betting terminals in one to go to another.

It calculated that, while the business rate revenue from the 47 betting shops in the borough was £300,000 per year, the social cost in dealing with the 1,400 gamblers was much higher at £800,000.

In addition to using the evidence in its own gambling licensing policy, which has been published recently, Barking passed it on to Sir Robin Wells, mayor of neighbouring Newham, as evidence in his lobbying of the Gambling Commission. Nyunt said it has been used in parliamentary debates and could influence future legislation.

He concluded: “The major lesson is that too often in local authorities we begin with the sentence ‘I think this is a problem’. This is an example where we have shown that by using data we have been able to convert that to ‘I know this is a problem’.”

 on: May 17, 2017, 08:12:53 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
This is email still active ??

There's 128 spam bots awaiting approval. None of them sent me an email to register a legit account.

Let me know when you've sorted it out.

 on: May 17, 2017, 04:42:58 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Gambling’s ‘crack cocaine’ is devastating lives and not doing much for the economy either

Carolyn DownsMay 17, 2017 4.09pm BST
Since 2008, UK gamblers have squandered £11.4 billion playing games such as poker and roulette on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). These sophisticated gaming machines, often referred to as the “crack cocaine” of gambling, are to be found in high street bookies and casinos across Britain, allowing people to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Not only is this helping to create a huge swell in problem gambling, it is also affecting the economy, because this spend has little ripple effect, flowing directly into relatively few pockets without generating a significant number of jobs.

Hounslow in south-west London huddles directly beneath the planes taking off and landing at Heathrow airport. A comparatively poor area of the capital, 20% of the local population earns less than the living wage. Hounslow’s high street contains 11 bookmakers, each with four FOBTs, and each of those has a maximum gambling stake of £100. In 2015, on this one street, £2.8m was lost to FOBTs, according to the Campaign for Responsible Gambling.

Anyone walking through their local town centre will see the number of betting shops has mushroomed, often with “cash converter” type shops nearby, where people can exchange goods for money. As of March 2015, there were 34,884 FOBT gaming machines around the UK providing bookmakers with a gross gambling yield (the percentage of a bet kept by the operator) of £1.7 billion in 2016.

Problem gambling

Research shows that the number of people in the UK with a gambling problem is rising. Around 500,000 Britons are experiencing difficulties – categorised as either “problem” or “at risk” gamblers – with numbers increasing every year.

And for each gambler there can be up to five close family members also affected through issues such as unmanageable debt, homelessness, hunger, domestic violence or having a parent or spouse in prison. Damage is not limited to families either; a significant proportion of problem gamblers commit crime such as theft and fraud to fund their habits, with some high-profile cases hitting the headlines each year.

In the UK, research shows that poorer people are more likely to develop a problem gambling habit. Data collected by the Campaign for Responsible Gambling reveals that betting shops with FOBT machines have expanded most in poorer areas, suggesting that action needs to be taken to limit the opportunities for people to experience heavy losses in the midst of their communities.

Although only 3-4% of adults use these machines, FOBT players account for 66% of all gambling losses. In 2015, the government rejected an attempt led by Newham Council to reduce the maximum stake from £100 to £2 per play.

The wider economic impact of gambling is poorly understood because at present the only data considered are gross gambling yield, jobs and profits in the industry – plus government revenue from betting duty and taxation.

Taken together, these present an encouraging picture with the industry claiming betting shops contribute £3.2 billion to UK GDP, with between 55,000 people directly employed in betting shops, 100,000 jobs supported in the wider economy and around £1 billion paid in taxes each year.

But this is not the full picture. Contrasting research by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling shows money spent on FOBTs does not support much in terms of jobs compared with spending in other sectors of the economy – while £1 billion of general consumer spending supports 21,000 jobs, £1 billion of spending on FOBTs only supports the equivalent of 4,500 jobs.

The real cost to communities

The problem with weighing up these competing claims is that no independent evaluation of costs and benefits has been developed and conducted in the UK. A more accurate calculation would need to include the social costs of gambling to affected families and communities, such as rehousing families who have lost their home to gambling debt, and the costs to the criminal justice system resulting from crime arising from problem gambling.

To develop an effective measure of the real costs of gambling, independent research will be needed. In the UK, the gambling industry funds research, education and treatment of problem gambling under the principle of the “polluter pays”, and most of the £7m raised annually from the industry is spent on treatment.

Fixed-odds betting terminals, on which punters can blow £100 every 20 seconds, are leading to a rise in problem gambling. Shutterstock
As a project led by Goldsmiths University found, the UK funding programme for gambling research prioritises “banal” research questions that will not offend the gambling industry, with funded research often conducted by private companies or academics that have close ties to the industry.

Similarly, Tim Farron MP has raised concerns about the close relationship the industry has with GambleAware (previously known as the Responsible Gambling Trust) which manages the funds provided by the industry to pay for research about problem gambling, education to prevent problem gambling, and treatment for problem gamblers.

The Charity Commission was also asked to investigate allegations that large research contracts were being awarded to companies with close links to senior staff at the Responsible Gambling Trust and that senior posts within it were filled without a competitive process. At the time, the Responsible Gambling Trust responded: “The Responsible Gambling Trust has robust procedures in place and we are a fully independent charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm.”

The whole notion of problem gambling separates and “individualises” consumers, suggesting they make a free choice to spend their leisure time and money as they wish. But, as the data on spending indicates, this is not an individual problem; it is a social problem causing real harm to individuals, to families, to communities and to the economy.

Unfortunately, the extent of that harm is not understood by society or policy makers because very little research is being carried out, and what research is being undertaken is focusing on the wrong topics. As the Charity Commission investigation proves, there is a potential conflict of interest between the people allocating research funds and the industry providing the money for the research.

A radical review of the impact of gambling, its social costs and benefits and the funding and governance structures that underpin research, education and treatment is urgently needed. But since the government’s review of FOBTs was shelved when the snap election was called, it’s not worth betting that this will happen any time soon.

 on: May 17, 2017, 10:50:59 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by DaftDave
Verdict: Suicide

All that training to spot problem gamblers, all the press releases about what they do and how good they are...

Verdict: Murder

 on: May 17, 2017, 10:23:44 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
A GAMBLING addict killed himself after texting a friend to say: "I’ve lost all my money," an inquest heard.
Robert Shone, 39, sent a message to a friend saying he was about to kill himself after losing on the horses.
Mark Tovey ran to his home in Brecon but found it locked and the doors barricaded from the inside.
The inquest heard police broke in and found father-of-one Robert hanging from a beam.
Mr Tovey told the hearing in a written statement how
his friend had been in a good mood drinking pints in the Sarah Siddons pub in the town centre.
He said: "He seemed full of life, there was no mention of feeling depressed or suicidal.
"But he rang me at 3.30pm and sounded very low. He said he’s lost all his money.
"I knew he had a problem with gambling, he was saying he was going to end it all."
Mr Tovey tried to keep his friend talking but he hung up on him.
The inquest heard at the same time Robert left a message with a member of the Powys mental health team who had been helping him through his problems with depression, alcohol and drugs.
He told Julie O’Leary: "It’s Rob, I’m going to kill myself and that’s that. You are a great person."
Police were alerted and arrived at Robert’s flat in Bridge Street at the same time as Mr Tovey.
Paramedics were called to resuscitate divorcee Robert but he could not be saved.
A post mortem revealed he died of hanging while having cocaine and prescription drugs in his system.
His mother Elizabeth Shone said Robert went into rehab when he was aged 28 after using heroin and cannabis.
She also described a hammer attack which left her son with memory problems and an inability to hold down a job.
She said: "He had threatened suicide in the past and his mental health would vary.
"I saw him on the day he died and everything seemed normal, he gave me a kiss on the cheek as usual."
Powys Coroner Andrew Barclay said Robert had acted impulsively when he took his own life on January 31.
He told the hearing: "He made it clear that he had lost all his money.
"Mr Tovey knew he had a problem with gambling and he genuinely thought he was going to hang himself.
"It is clear to me he was relatively stable from a mental health perspective.
"One can guess that there has been an issue where he had lost his money from gambling which has upset him and he has reacted in a certain way."
Verdict: Suicide.

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