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Kent man wants betting machine ban after £25,000 loss

A man who lost £25,000 on high-stakes betting machines has called for them to be banned.

Martin Power, of Ramsgate, Kent, told BBC reporter Simon Jones the machines were as addictive as drugs.

But Peter Craske, from the Association of British Bookmakers, said most people bet about £7.55 and played for about 20 minutes, and there were measures on the machines to stop people getting into difficulties.

Campaigners have claimed gamblers in Kent and Sussex lost more than £65m on fixed odds betting terminals last year.

  • 06 Mar 2014
  • From the section Kent
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