Betting ‘addict’s’ arcade ban relief

Coral Island, Blackpool

Coral Island, Blackpool

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A SELF-CONFESSED gambling addict said he was glad he caused damage because he had been banned from an amusement arcade.

Darren Dale, 34, of Barton Avenue, South Shore, pleaded guilty to damaging a wooden sign at Coral Island.

He was sentenced to an eight-week curfew from 7pm to 6am and ordered to pay £50 compensation plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Dale was seen slamming his hand into an ‘over 18’ sign knocking it to the ground at Coral Island on March 4.

Dale told police he had been in the arcade most of the day and had spent more than £150.

He said he was glad he had damaged the sign because he was a compulsive gambler and it had resulted in him being banned from Coral Island.

Peter Cave, defending, said: “He is a gambling addict, although the only place he would gamble is Coral Island.

“He has been banned from there.”

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