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Anger over Government 'failure' to tackle addictive gaming machines

Addiction experts have branded them "the crack-cocaine of gambling".

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals invite gamblers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Medway Council says strict restrictions on maximum stakes are urgently needed, but the Government doesn't agree. John Ryall spoke to former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin and Medway Council Labour Group Leader Vince Maple.


Voluntary code for the 'crack cocaine' of gambling

A fixed-odds betting terminal Credit: Press Association

Medway Council is inviting owners of betting shops and gaming premises to a meeting to agree a voluntary code on gambling.

It's the latest move to combat gambling addiction in Medway which has a cluster of venues using casino-style fixed-odds betting terminals described by addiction experts as the 'crack-cocaine of gambling'.