Is there a link between Gaming and Crime in Westminster???

Is there a link between Gaming and Crime in Westminster???
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Gaming and Crime

The largest Gaming license authority in the country is launching a special task force to investigate the effects of besting shops in a back lash of local authorities against bookmakers and other gaming establishments.

Westminster City Coucil has 130 betting shops in its eight square mile of central London and numerous casino’s. it is trying to establish if there is a link between crime and gambling and whether the public is being protected. The licensing sub-committee recently turned down applications to extend opening hours. It’s chairperson, Councillor Audrey Lewis said: “There is something about the Gambling Act that makes it difficult to turn applications down and it needs redrafting. We are not looking to make a moral judgment but there is obviously money being spent here that would otherwise be spent on other goods and services. “We are concerned whether all the crimes associated with betting shops are being fully reported.”

Last month Newham Council in East London became the first authority to reject a new betting shop-saying it would make more money from machines than traditional betting and is calling for the laws to be changed.

The above article was published in the Mail on Sunday on the 10th March.

It shows all the normal negative bias that the Mail shows to the entire Gaming industry, they manage yet again to mention Casino’s in a story that has nothing to do with Casino’s.

Whilst I don’t know for sure, I strongly suspect that the majority of crime in 8 square miles in central London is not down to the bookmakers and definitely NOT down to Casino’s!

Gaming and Crime is there a link or is it a myth !! Whats Your Thoughts 

By Debs

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