"Bradford has some of the highest concentrations of betting shops in UK"

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A city centre betting shop

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Bradford has some of the highest concentrations of betting shops in UK, according to a study.

An analysis commissioned by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and carried out by geographic information specialists, Geofutures, put the city among nine areas with the highest density of betting shops in the country.

The analysis revealed that when measured against other shopping areas, a 500 square metre area around the central part of the city centre near Market Street in Bradford has some of the highest densities of betting shops anywhere in the country.

With 12 betting shops in just the BD1 postcode area of Bradford and ten in the centre of Rotherham, the two towns are among the nine areas of highest density. The campaign group claimed the trend for betting shops to cluster on high streets had been driven by what it called “highly addictive” Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

Adrian Parkinson, consultant for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, said: “We reported last month that across Yorkshire £3.1 billion was gambled on FOBTs in 2013. The addictive nature of these machines is the driving force behind betting shops today.”

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9:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Bradford has some of the highest concentrations of betting shops in UK

Amazed. Wonder what the odds were on that.
Bradford has some of the highest concentrations of betting shops in UK Amazed. Wonder what the odds were on that. Freddy Elliot
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12:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

justjustice says...

This report is obviously wrong, Bradford is full of muslims, and by Islam are not allowed to gamble. So by that logic there shouldnt be a single betting shop in Bradford at all!

Who makes up these ridiculous claims that ruin our city?!
This report is obviously wrong, Bradford is full of muslims, and by Islam are not allowed to gamble. So by that logic there shouldnt be a single betting shop in Bradford at all! Who makes up these ridiculous claims that ruin our city?! justjustice
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12:27pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Firstly, My experience of other cities shows that most betting shops and amusement arcades are owned or atleast managed by the same group of people, in otherwords you may have half a dozen people or businesses that run or own all the gambling places in a given town or city.

Secondly, betting and gambling dens only gain popularity when the people are suffering from economic and mental hardships such as those of Bradford for example who have little employment oppurtunities and have little social integration due to drug and alcohol abuse.

It's quite simple: where you have deprived people managed by inadequate elected leaders you will find pound shops, gambling dens, high levels of unemployment and crime, homeless issues and numerous charities.

The people need to make ends meet: the banks and big business got bailed out by the taxpayer, yet the taxpayer has to ashamedly go down to the bookies to pray he wins some money to just dream of having a decent life. Sad state of affairs
Firstly, My experience of other cities shows that most betting shops and amusement arcades are owned or atleast managed by the same group of people, in otherwords you may have half a dozen people or businesses that run or own all the gambling places in a given town or city. Secondly, betting and gambling dens only gain popularity when the people are suffering from economic and mental hardships such as those of Bradford for example who have little employment oppurtunities and have little social integration due to drug and alcohol abuse. It's quite simple: where you have deprived people managed by inadequate elected leaders you will find pound shops, gambling dens, high levels of unemployment and crime, homeless issues and numerous charities. The people need to make ends meet: the banks and big business got bailed out by the taxpayer, yet the taxpayer has to ashamedly go down to the bookies to pray he wins some money to just dream of having a decent life. Sad state of affairs Not so simple
  • Score: 6

1:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

allinittogether says...

And a Bradford MP in cahoots with the gambling industry. Quelle surprise!
And a Bradford MP in cahoots with the gambling industry. Quelle surprise! allinittogether
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Out of site says...

justjustice wrote:
This report is obviously wrong, Bradford is full of muslims, and by Islam are not allowed to gamble. So by that logic there shouldnt be a single betting shop in Bradford at all!

Who makes up these ridiculous claims that ruin our city?!
Our city is beyond redemption,and not all the Muslims stick to Islam,only when it suits them.
[quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: This report is obviously wrong, Bradford is full of muslims, and by Islam are not allowed to gamble. So by that logic there shouldnt be a single betting shop in Bradford at all! Who makes up these ridiculous claims that ruin our city?![/p][/quote]Our city is beyond redemption,and not all the Muslims stick to Islam,only when it suits them. Out of site
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8:30pm Wed 9 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Not so simple wrote:
Firstly, My experience of other cities shows that most betting shops and amusement arcades are owned or atleast managed by the same group of people, in otherwords you may have half a dozen people or businesses that run or own all the gambling places in a given town or city.

Secondly, betting and gambling dens only gain popularity when the people are suffering from economic and mental hardships such as those of Bradford for example who have little employment oppurtunities and have little social integration due to drug and alcohol abuse.

It's quite simple: where you have deprived people managed by inadequate elected leaders you will find pound shops, gambling dens, high levels of unemployment and crime, homeless issues and numerous charities.

The people need to make ends meet: the banks and big business got bailed out by the taxpayer, yet the taxpayer has to ashamedly go down to the bookies to pray he wins some money to just dream of having a decent life. Sad state of affairs
What a load of rubbish, have you ever been in a Bradford betting office?
if betting offices relied on the type of people you think they do they would wrap up tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]Not so simple[/bold] wrote: Firstly, My experience of other cities shows that most betting shops and amusement arcades are owned or atleast managed by the same group of people, in otherwords you may have half a dozen people or businesses that run or own all the gambling places in a given town or city. Secondly, betting and gambling dens only gain popularity when the people are suffering from economic and mental hardships such as those of Bradford for example who have little employment oppurtunities and have little social integration due to drug and alcohol abuse. It's quite simple: where you have deprived people managed by inadequate elected leaders you will find pound shops, gambling dens, high levels of unemployment and crime, homeless issues and numerous charities. The people need to make ends meet: the banks and big business got bailed out by the taxpayer, yet the taxpayer has to ashamedly go down to the bookies to pray he wins some money to just dream of having a decent life. Sad state of affairs[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish, have you ever been in a Bradford betting office? if betting offices relied on the type of people you think they do they would wrap up tomorrow. alive and awake
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