Mayor of east London borough leads push for £2 maximum bet, arguing that betting terminals wreak havoc in poorer areas
“I see them come up and down, betting shop to bank machine, back and forth. They walk past me like I’m a ghost,” says Kelly, a young homeless woman sitting on the pavement between Lloyds Bank and Betfred in Newham, east London.
She prefers to spend what little change she collects from passers-by on a bed for the night and doesn’t see the appeal of gambling. But plenty of others in England’s 25th most-deprived borough find it more difficult to resist the allure.
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