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'I lost my job, marriage and £750,000 to gambling' - former addict fears crackdown won't go far enough

The Government announced plans to restrict the amount gamblers can wager on fixed odds betting machines, today.

Medway Council has led a long campaign against the terminals, and in Chatham a voluntary exclusion scheme was introduced to allow gambling addicts to ban themselves from betting shops.

Under the present rules it's possible to bet up to £18,000 in an hour. A former Army Major who received the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, and then sold it to fuel his addiction, has spoken to us from his home in Tunbridge Wells about the devastation gambling has caused.

Andy Dickenson reports and hears from Justyn Larcombe, MP Tracey Crouch and Malcolm George of the Association of British Bookmakers.

Medway's gambling fears

Councillors have been invited to meet bookmakers in the Medway to discuss their concerns over fixed odds betting terminals. It comes after a meeting with the Gambling Commission over the council's concerns about the betting shop machines -

where you can bet anything from £100 to £18, 000 in an hour. The body that represents bookmakers told us they had every confidence that the machines could be used responsibly.

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