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Paddy Power given the go-ahead to open new store despite council objection

Paddy Power are set to continue with plans to open a new betting shop in the London Borough of Newham after winning an appeal against the council.

They had their licence rejected by Newham Council in February amid fears that another betting shop in the area would attract crime and anti-social behaviour. However the courts ruled in favour of the bookmakers.

Newham already has around 80 betting shops and a spokesman for the Gambling Commission confirmed the council were within their rights to raise the concern: “The Gambling Commission encourages local authorities to use their varied powers to achieve desired local outcomes – which they alone are best placed to judge.”

They continued: “We ensure that licensed gambling operators meet with the requirements of their operating licence, which governs the way in which gambling is provided in a variety of different premises.”

The case was heard at the Thames Magistrates’ Court and in his written ruling the District Judge said: “It has not been proved that the granting of the licence would not be reasonably consistent with the objective of preventing crime and disorder. Therefore I disagree with the decision of the sub-committee, and in light of the evidence before me, it was wrong.

“I therefore grant this appeal and I grant the licence on the terms originally agreed with the police.”

A Paddy Power statement read: “Paddy Power makes a positive contribution to local communities in which it operates. We are a responsible operator that takes proactive measures to offer a safe and responsible leisure experience for its customers and the community.”

Bruce Archer
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