A London borough with 82 betting shops will have to make room for one more.
The bookmakers "Paddy Power" have won a legal battle against Newham Council over opening a new shop there. A court has today rejected the council's claims the move would attract crime and anti-social behaviour.
This report from Carolyn Sim.
A judge has today overturned a council decision that stooped a new betting shop from opening in Newham.
The council had rejected Paddy Power's license for the premises in February, saying it would attract crime and anti-social behaviour. It was also against the use of 'fixed odds' betting terminals.
Newham Council said escalation in betting shops on the capital's streets is attracting antisocial behaviour, and making them crime hotspots - but Paddy Power rejects this claim.
A judge has ruled in favour of allowing Paddy Power to open a new betting shop in Newham. It brings the total number of bookies in the borough to 82 - the second highest in the capital after Westminster.
A judge has allowed another betting shop to open in Newham today. Newham Council has been fighting another Paddy Power at Thames Magistrates Court after its licensing sub-committee refused a bid to take over premises in Upton Park.
A bookmakers is paying out early on a victory for Boris Johnson in tomorrow's mayoral election.
Paddy Power says that it's "waved the chequered flag" after Boris Johnson became a "1/12 winner".
In the 24 hours before they began the pay-out, 94% of money taken was for the Conservative candidate.
The company will also refund all outright bets on Brian Paddick, after taking just 12 wagers on the Liberal Democrat candidate.
Spokesman Darren Haines said: "The betting suggests Boris is returning to City Hall. People might say one thing in opinion polls but they are rarely anything but brutally honest when parting with their own hard-earned cash."
But the bookmakers haven't always made the right call. Back in February, they paid out early on Harry Redknapp becoming the next England manager.
In total, there are seven candidates running in the election for Mayor of London on May 3rd.
In the order that they will appear on the ballot paper, they are:
Siobhan Benita (Independent)
Carlos Cortiglia (BNP)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Jenny Jones (Green)
Ken Livingstone (Labour)
Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat)
Lawrence James Webb (UKIP)