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Cornwall's Shock Gambling Figures

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8:28am 21st February 2014

A Camborne dad tells Pirate FM machines that let gamblers stake £100 in just seconds are crippling Cornwall.

There are almost a 150 fixed odds betting terminals in the Duchy.

In a year, locals are shelling out 6.5 million pounds.

Alex Lane is backing calls for a lower limit: "In any one sitting I've lost anything up to three, four hundred pounds in twenty minutes.

"I go into my local bookmakers to do my football coupons and things and I see a lot of youngsters in there on minimum wage or they're not working spending money; it's just like Monopoly money.

"It's an addiction. It's like anything it's like people smoking, drinking or anything like that. It's like a little buzz to go in and try and turn money that you know you haven't got into more money and before you know it you can have a hundred pounds gone out of your wallet in no time, just like that; it's crippling people.

"You can win five hundred pounds in a one pound spin but you can also stake a hundred pounds on a roulette game. You can lose that hundred pounds in five seconds and then you're repeating the bet; another hundred pounds, another hundred pounds and before you know it you're chasing."

Charity Fairer Gambling wants is campaigning for tougher rules on the machines being branded the crack cocaine of gambling.

Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin said: "We're the only country in the world that has gaming machines of stakes of up to a hundred pounds on the high street. What happens is people start gambling and they think can stay in control and they inevitably start chasing losses; it's the rapid highs and lows that people get addicted to."

8:28am 21st February 2014

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