Devon

Plymouth street gambling warning to children

Children and parents in part of Plymouth are being warned by police about gambling after reports of marble games being played with money instead.

Groups of up to 40 youngsters - some as young as five - in the North Prospect area have been playing the game, Pits.

It involves flicking marbles or coins into an open water meter cover, with winners taking all the items.

Police said children had been using £1 coins - prompting fears the game could lead to problems.

Neighbourhood inspector Sally Hutchings, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said they were warning "how a seemingly innocent wager for £1 can escalate into something much more serious".

Officers had also been talking to local schools, she added.

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