January 29, 2014

Boss of William Hill says Betting shops that cluster are bad

Ralph Topping the Chief Executive at William Hill has said that betting shops that clusters in UK high streets can cause harm and could alienate local communities.

The boss of the UK’s biggest bookmakers says he understands the reasons why people object to new betting shops opening so close together on Britain’s high streets and seen ‘stark examples’ of their impact.

He proposes for local authorities to be given extra powers to stop the issue of betting shops clustering on local high streets.

The announcement from Mr Topping comes as MPs and campaigners continue their fight against bookmakers opening betting shops simply for the use of adding Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to increase revenues through what has been dubbed by anti-gambling campaigners the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

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