Police calls to bookies on the rise

Police calls to bookies on the rise

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Totally Gaming

Police were called to betting shops in London on almost 12,000 occasions during the year to March 2016.

In a report in the Daily Mirror newspaper, figures from the Met Police show that the number of 999 calls from betting shops rose by 10 per cent between 2012-13 to 2015-16.

The newspaper, which obtained the statistics through a Freedom of Information request, said the rise is “believed to correspond to the explosion of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs)”.

It reported that more than 1,000 FOBTs were vandalised in London alone in the past year. The Freedom of Information request revealed how the most callouts were to William Hill bookies in the capital, with 4,673 callouts in the past year, compared to Paddy Power (3,307) and Ladbrokes (2,687).

TotallyGaming.com says: “This is a worrying collection of figures. The industry is working on a number of initiatives in relation to FOBTs and social responsibility, but problems persist.”

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