In response to the judgement in the case of Power Leisure Bookmakers Ltd and the London Borough of Newham, the Association of British Bookmakers said:
We welcome this very clear judgement, which has been based on empirical evidence and common sense.
The judgement particularly makes it clear that the notion of “primary activity” does not exist in the Gambling Act and falls outside the remit of a local authority.
It also states that there is no evidence showing betting shops cause crime and anti-social behaviour or fail to protect vulnerable people.
The judgement particularly notes that a group of people standing outside a betting shop does not amount to disorder or crime, and that incidents of 3 robberies over the course of a year or more does not prove the link either.
Betting shops are highly regulated and socially responsible businesses that have been trading on the high street, investing in town centres and creating jobs for over fifty years.