Health exec’s collie died in hot horse box
Move to reduce ‘evil’ of highly addictive gambling terminals
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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