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William Hill to close Brighton shop as part of national cull

The Argus: William Hill to close London Road shop as part of national cull William Hill to close London Road shop as part of national cull

Bookmaker William Hill is closing its shop in London Road, Brighton.

The firm said it was closing the branch after the government increased tax on FOBT machines (Fixed Odd Betting Terminals) in the April budget.

The machines had been targeted by fairer gambling campaigners, who described them as the "crack cocaine of gambling".

William Hill said the London Road shop will close in the early autumn.

A spokeswoman from William Hill said:  “In April we announced that 109 William Hill shops will close as a direct result of the government’s decision to raise the rate of machine games duty.

“We can confirm that 82 of those 109 shops will now close in the early autumn. The teams are undergoing a consultation process, and we will attempt to redeploy as many of those individuals as possible.

“The remaining 27 shops under review will be closed before the end of the year.”

The closing branch is the same shop that Brighton gambler John Harrison claimed he had been banned from for "winning too much".

He received a letter from William Hill telling him not to return to any of the company's shops across the UK.

Matt Zarb-Cousin, of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, said: "It's important to note that closures are usually accompanied by new openings. In the first quarter of this year, William Hill closed eight shops but opened ten.

“If shops are shutting because of an increase in tax on fixed odds betting terminals - which are supposed to be an ancillary product - then they are relying too much on them. Bookmakers need to get back to focusing on their core business, which is taking bets over the counter."

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3:09pm Thu 17 Jul 14

whatsisname says...

mugs game! good move imo..
mugs game! good move imo.. whatsisname
  • Score: 12

3:29pm Thu 17 Jul 14

s&k says...

I wouldn't have bet on that!
I wouldn't have bet on that! s&k
  • Score: 4

4:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

davenachfan says...

Good news. I wish all betting shops would close down.
Good news. I wish all betting shops would close down. davenachfan
  • Score: 14

5:23pm Thu 17 Jul 14

leftysmellbags says...

Oh no what a shame - maybe we can replace them with a some sort of evil buzzard that loves to suck the eyes out of everyday people. This might make a suitable replacement.
Oh no what a shame - maybe we can replace them with a some sort of evil buzzard that loves to suck the eyes out of everyday people. This might make a suitable replacement. leftysmellbags
  • Score: 6

6:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Hove Actually says...

The fact they have chosen to close the one in London Road (aka skid row) is no surprise. watch for them opening in a more affluent area soon
The fact they have chosen to close the one in London Road (aka skid row) is no surprise. watch for them opening in a more affluent area soon Hove Actually
  • Score: 5

8:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

RK_Brighton says...

Good news! Means people have less access to dangerous machines and also gives the chance for a better shop to open up.
Good news! Means people have less access to dangerous machines and also gives the chance for a better shop to open up. RK_Brighton
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Thu 17 Jul 14

MikeTheKnight says...

RK_Brighton wrote:
Good news! Means people have less access to dangerous machines and also gives the chance for a better shop to open up.
Ladbrookes?!
[quote][p][bold]RK_Brighton[/bold] wrote: Good news! Means people have less access to dangerous machines and also gives the chance for a better shop to open up.[/p][/quote]Ladbrookes?! MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 2

10:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Spooky Sue says...

How ironic.
The Pizza Hut restaurant in Worthing town centre closed a couple of weeks ago , and yes you've guessed it to become a large William Hill bookmakers, about 40 foot across the road from a large Ladbrookes. They seem to be coming more prolific than charity shops.
How ironic. The Pizza Hut restaurant in Worthing town centre closed a couple of weeks ago , and yes you've guessed it to become a large William Hill bookmakers, about 40 foot across the road from a large Ladbrookes. They seem to be coming more prolific than charity shops. Spooky Sue
  • Score: 5

11:04pm Thu 17 Jul 14

freeranter says...

one closes one opens they opened a new shop on st James street about month ago
one closes one opens they opened a new shop on st James street about month ago freeranter
  • Score: 4

11:31pm Thu 17 Jul 14

hubby says...

No sharps box in the toilet?
No sharps box in the toilet? hubby
  • Score: 1

1:27am Fri 18 Jul 14

martyt says...

WORSE BOOKMAKER ON THE HIGH STREET OR THE INTERNET
WORSE BOOKMAKER ON THE HIGH STREET OR THE INTERNET martyt
  • Score: -2

9:43am Fri 18 Jul 14

theargusissoinformative says...

Hove Actually wrote:
The fact they have chosen to close the one in London Road (aka skid row) is no surprise. watch for them opening in a more affluent area soon
Affluent people aren't stupid enough to bet on this s**t
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: The fact they have chosen to close the one in London Road (aka skid row) is no surprise. watch for them opening in a more affluent area soon[/p][/quote]Affluent people aren't stupid enough to bet on this s**t theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

"Bookmakers need to get back to focusing on their core business, which is taking bets over the counter."

No, their core business is taking people's money off them by whatever means possible.
"Bookmakers need to get back to focusing on their core business, which is taking bets over the counter." No, their core business is taking people's money off them by whatever means possible. Goldenwight
  • Score: 2
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