Britain’s 24 million gamblers will no longer be able to use credit cards to place bets under the latest move by the government to tackle proble
Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction

Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction

Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction

Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction

Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction

Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction
Britain bans betting on credit cards to fight gambling addiction
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Britain’s 24 million gamblers will no longer be able to use credit cards to place bets under the latest move by the government to tackle problem gambling.

Less than a year after Britain slashed the maximum stake that can be placed on popular fixed-odds betting terminals, it said on Tuesday it would ban gamblers from using credit cards to bet online or offline to rack up debt.

According to trade body UK Finance, around 800,000 Britons use credit cards to gamble. The Gambling Commission believes a quarter of those are problem gamblers – people who are addicted to gambling to try and win back their losses.

Shares of betting companies including 888 Holdings, Flutter Entertainment and William Hill dropped in early trading, before recovering by late morning.

Culture Minister Helen Whately said there was clear evidence of harm from consumers betting with money they don’t have.

“We will not hesitate to take any further action necessary to protect people from gambling harm,” she said in a statement.

Britain has a thriving gambling industry. It employs more than 100,000 people and made 14.4 billion pounds ($18.7 billion) after paying out winnings in the 2018-2019 financial year.

But the government has sought to tighten rules in recent years by capping the maximum stake on terminals, bringing in tighter age and identity checks for online gambling and expanding support for those who become addicted.

The new ban will come into effect on April 14 and apply to all online and offline gambling products apart from over-the-counter lottery tickets.

Davy Research analysts said the ban would likely lead to a low single digit percentage drop in related revenues.

“The latest in a recent series of more onerous regulatory changes, it also acts as a further reminder that the UK opportunity is no longer what it once was,” it said in a note to clients. “However, it remains a very large, (still) growing and highly cash generative market for online gaming operators.”

Britons had a total of 72.1 billion pounds outstanding on credit cards in November, according to Bank of England data, down a little from a record 72.9 billion pounds struck in May.

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Theatre issues allergy warning over peanuts on stage

Theatre issues allergy warning over peanuts on stage

A theatre has issued an allergy warning ahead of its staging of a play which features peanuts throughout.

Moonlight and Magnolias tells the story of three men locked in a room and forced to rewrite Gone With The Wind with only peanuts and bananas to eat.

It is due to open at Nottingham Playhouse on 21 February.

The venue said its prop department was able to create fake bananas but not peanuts due to their texture, size and the need for them to break up.

'Hit by stray peanut'

The theatre's chief executive Stephanie Sirr said: "Moonlight and Magnolias is a very fast-paced and physical comedy and, yes, peanuts may fly around.

"Being hit by a stray peanut is funny if you don't have an allergy and a problem if you do.

"In common with airlines, schools and most other public-facing companies, we'd prefer to err on the side of caution."

A notice on the theatre's website advises anyone with a severe peanut allergy to contact the box office.

Allergy charity Anaphylaxis Campaign said the potential risks were low but commended the venue for its caution.

A spokesperson said: "It is quite difficult for peanut proteins to become airborne, so unless the nuts are being thrown into the audience, or being crushed, cooked or processed in some way so as to release peanut dust into the atmosphere, the risk of an audience member suffering an allergic reaction is likely to be low.

"However, there are a small number of people who tell us that they react to the smell of peanuts.

"Issuing a prior warning will help those individuals to make an informed decision about any risk posed prior to purchasing tickets.

"We would advise issuing prior warning of any food used in a performance, including nuts and bananas, as there are many foods that can cause a reaction."

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Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Pc Jon Casey from the East Area Command was struck by a car on Monday, January 6, which had failed to stop for police in Chigwell Road, near Saint Barnabas Road, in South Woodford.

The father-of-three was attempting to deploy a stinger when he was struck by the grey Mini Cooper, which was being driven on false '67' year plates.

The vehicle sped away from the scene and Pc Casey was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

Mark Glock, a colleague of the officer, hopes to raise £1,000 to help his family while he is off work.

"Pc Jon Casey was involved in a incident which resulted in him being hit by a vehicle which did not stop," Mr Glock said.

"This has caused multiple injuries which have required surgery and will take a significant time to heal.

"This money will go towards making his time off work more bearable and to assist his family."

Donna Casey, Pc Casey's wife, posted a picture of her husband's injuries on social media in a bid to get witnesses to come forward following the incident.

Posting on Facebook, Mrs Casey said: "This is my husband Jon Casey who is the police offer that was run over today in Woodford Bridge by driver of car that failed to stop for police.

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"He is a father of three boys, a son, a brother and my best friend."

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Following the incident, the car involved was found abandoned in Woolhampton Way, Chigwell.

A 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have both been released under investigation and enquiries continue to trace the driver.

Detectives have released an image of the suspect vehicle and are appealing for information of its movements before and after the incident.

Det Sgt Jose-Paulo Qureshi said: "The officer was simply doing his duty when he was struck by the vehicle and was seriously injured - he's lucky not to have been killed.

"The suspects fled the scene, despite knowing they had hit an officer, leaving him seriously injured in the road. We are working around the clock to find the people responsible.

"I would appeal to those who were involved to do the right thing and hand yourself in.

"I'd also appeal to members of the public to help us with our investigation. Did you see a grey Mini Cooper on '67' plates driving erratically or at speed in the Woodford Green or Chigwell areas between midnight and 12.45am on Monday, January 6?

"If you have any information about this vehicle, or dash cam footage, please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8597 4874, police on 101 quoting CAD 0043/6JAN or the independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111.