Fu­ture Bake-off bet­ting threat

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LAD­BROKES said it will con­sider whether to al­low bet­ting on fu­ture se­ries of af­ter claims that work­ers linked to the BBC show were plac­ing bets on this year’s win­ner.

The book­maker is in­ves­ti­gat­ing wa­gers from 42 gam­bling ac­counts with al­leged links to Beeb staff and Love Pro­duc­tions, the com­pany be­hind the hit se­ries.

A to­tal of 529 bets – po­ten­tially worth about £10,000 – were placed through the ac­counts that were cre­ated ahead of the pre-recorded fi­nal, which airs on BBC1 tonight.

A spokesman for Lad­brokes said: “If we feel we’ve had the equiv­a­lent of a cus­tard pie thrown in our faces we will think twice about whether we should bet on mar­kets like this again in the fu­ture.”

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