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Millions Lost In Barnsley Bookies

Monday February 24 2014

PUNTERS in Barnsley gambled away more than £6million last year, a report has revealed.

The figures, from the Commission for Fairer Gambling, shows residents in the Barnsley Central ward frittered away the most with £2,223,731 being lost.

Further figures of £1,946,833 and £1,945,230 came from the Barnsley East and Wentworth and Dearne wards respectively, culminating in a total figure of £6,115,794.

Just last month, Labour and Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher voted for tighter controls on high-stakes gambling machines but failed to win the government's support.

Critics have called the machines 'the crack cocaine of gambling', arguing they lead to crime and addiction.

Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, said: "Problem gambling can lead to homelessness, a dependency on loan sharks or pay day loans, and even families being separated and children taken into care.

"We want the government to ensure laws are brought in to tackle serious issues such as the problem of unlicensed operators operating in the UK and pre-watershed advertising of gambling products.

"Giving the Gambling Commission appropriate powers to monitor and control problem gambling would help the situation."

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Reply Posted by BLIMEY on Monday February 24 2014 at 12:01
That is one hell of a lot of money. There must be some rich people gaining from gamblers. IT would help though if these things were not advertised. It is sad and a shame, gamblers need help. That amount of money is mindblowing.

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday February 24 2014 at 13:35
stop gambling, stop drinking, stop smoking, just pay ye dues and demand. and get some overtime in. that's r8 int it mr Jarvis.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday February 24 2014 at 13:42
Perhaps the council should open a few shops around town and use the money for social welfare projects.???

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday February 24 2014 at 16:59
A gambling machine to support gamblers anonymous...

Limit them to one per shop.

We could have 4 times as money bookies employing four times as many staff, the same amount of money would be lost to gambling, but more of that would be received back to the community in the form of wages.

Some of these machines make £800 a week.

Perhaps we should just let unemployed people construct little porches with FOBTs set into the wall like ATMs, instead of having to sign on, the local gambling addicts can toss money through the electronic bookmakers' cash-letterbox.

You could have charity terminals;

Gamble away your money and beat cancer.

Gamble with the *insert name here* foodbank to feed your children.

Gamble with the *insert name here* foodbank to feed your neighbours' children.

Gamble with the *insert name here* foodbank to feed children in the wider UK.

Gamble with the *insert name here* foodbank to feed children in the wider world.

Gamble - every £2 you lose feeds a child. If you lose a fiver, we can provide some unfortunate soul with clean water.

Maybe just put a sticker on them. "Bet your money by planting a fruit tree, you'll be odds on to win, bet with us and you'll lose on average 30p in every £1 staked."

Reply Posted by Collet on Monday February 24 2014 at 15:40
You will never stop gambling,and when you see how much revenue Governments rake in taxes I ask mr Jarvis are you going to ban it or close a lot of the shops down in your manifesto,don't think so, all party's are nothing but a lot of hot air Bankers are the biggest gamblers,and have caused all the trouble, Start with them not those that like little flutter. .????

Reply Posted by Littleoldlady on Tuesday February 25 2014 at 09:38
I might be wrong but wasn't it Labour who abolished the betting tax?

Reply Posted by hummm on Sunday March 2 2014 at 11:55
I'm might be wrong but wasn't it Labour who aloud all the FOBTs and Labour who changed the rules so now our high streets are a wash with betting shops. hummmmm, they needed there revenue to J i z z away

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday March 2 2014 at 16:59
No doubt Michael Dugher raised these concerns about gambling to the bosses of Ladbrokes while he was a guest of theirs at last years Cheltenham festival where he consumed £1200 worth of freebies in the hospitality lounge.???

Reply Posted by Kfc on Sunday March 2 2014 at 17:26
@rainbow you should not be spreading rumours like that. Our Labour MPs from Barnsley would never do that. Would they?????.

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