Health exec’s col­lie died in hot horse box

Move to re­duce ‘evil’ of highly ad­dic­tive gam­bling ter­mi­nals

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY LOUIE SMITH BY BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor and GRA­HAM HISCOTT ben.glaze@mir­ror.co.uk VOICE OF THE MIR­ROR: PAGE 8

GUILTY Cock­ley-Adams AN NHS ex­ec­u­tive’s dog died af­ter he locked it in a horse­box for more than eight hours in 29C heat.

Iain Cock­ley-Adams, 57, left his two col­lie- cross dogs while his wife was rid­ing in a com­pe­ti­tion.

Staff opened the trailer and found it as hot as “an oven af­ter cook­ing chicken”. One 12-year-old dog had col­lapsed and he was put down later.

Cock­ley-Adams, deputy head of In­te­grated Com­mu­nity Teams at Glos Care Ser­vices NHS Trust, was found guilty of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing and or­dered to pay £3,000.

The ex­ec­u­tive, of Chel­tenham, Glos, told Ip­swich mag­is­trates he left bowls of wa­ter. Pros­e­cu­tor Hazel Stevens said: “Rea­son­able steps were not taken to pro­tect these dogs.”

THE max­i­mum stake on highly ad­dic­tive fixed odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals is to be cut from £100 to £2 – but min­is­ters won’t say when.

Cam­paign­ers wel­comed the move af­ter crit­ics had warned al­low­ing pun­ters to pump in £100 in 20 sec­onds was caus­ing debt and fam­ily break­down.

Book­mak­ers claim the move could lead to 21,000 job losses.

But Shadow Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Tom Wat­son said: “It’s a vic­tory for cross- party cam­paign­ers who have worked tire­lessly for this day over many years.

“This won’t be a silver bul­let for the wider epi­demic of prob­lem gam­bling in the UK, but it will go a long way to solv­ing what has been a par­tic­u­lar evil for too long.”

The Fairer Gam­bling campaign said: “Al­low­ing high- stakes roulette ma­chines in such an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble en­vi­ron­ment has had dis­as­trous con­se­quences, im­pact­ing lev­els of gam­bling- re­lated harm and crime. The Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to cut the stake back to £2 is the right one.”

Cul­ture Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock said: “When faced with the choice of half-way mea­sures or do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, we have cho­sen to take a stand.

“These ma­chines are a so­cial blight and prey on some of the most vul­ner­a­ble...”

But he re­fused to out­line a timetable for the reduction.

The in­dus­try said the cut will trig­ger thou­sands of job losses and de­prive the Trea­sury of £1bil­lion over three years.

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Book­mak­ers said: “We ex­pect over 4,000 shops to close and 21,000 col­leagues to lose their jobs.”

Wi l l i am Hi l l claimed it could cause a wave of shop clo­sures and wipe up to £100mil­lion off its an­nual prof­its. In a stock mar­ket state­ment, it said: “A reg­u­la­tory change of this na­ture is un­prece­dented and its im­pact on cus­tomer be­hav­iour will not be fully known until some years af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

It said the reduction to £ 2 would re­sult in 900 of its shops – 38% of its to­tal – be­com­ing loss-mak­ing. The firm warned: “A pro­por­tion of these would be at risk of be­ing closed within a rel­a­tively short time.” Num­ber of sec­onds in which £100 can be gam­bled on FOBTs

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