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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.

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Council uses sniffer dogs to search for illegal cigarettes

A council in Kent is using sniffer dogs to search for illegal cigarettes. Medway Council is believed to be one of the first in the country to use the measure.

Last week it was revealed that the five Medway towns - Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood and Rainham - had the highest level of illegal tobacco sales in Britain.

ITV Meridian Presenter Sangeeta Bhabra, interviewed Ian Gilmore from Medway Council's trading standards department.

Barbara Hills says she doesn't know where to turn

A mother who fears that her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax, says she's had no advice about what to do.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

Bedroom tax: a mother's fears for her disabled children

A mother from Rainham has said her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

"Bedroom tax could put my sons' future in jeopardy"

Many charities have protested strongly against the so called 'bedroom tax' Credit: Press Association

A woman from Rainham says she's worried sick about the future of her two disabled children if the new 'bedroom tax' rules come into place.

Barbara Hills, from Rainham, lives in a three bedroom local authority house, with her two boys aged 15 and 7.

She says she's been told that she will either have to move in to a smaller house, or lose 14 per cent of her housing benefit.

But Barbara says that the boys' bedrooms have been especially adapted for their needs and they need to stay in their separate rooms.

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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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