Betting shop trashed

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A GAMBLER lost his temper and began trashing a St Annes betting shop because he believed he was owed money.

Peter Gillett smashed a gaming machine and hurled a television monitor to the floor.

Gillett, 20, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was sentenced to 12 months supervision by Blackpool magistrates.

Jenny Prendergast, prosecuting, said Gillett went into William Hills, St Annes, on January 11 about 6pm and became aggressive with staff because he believed he was owed money.

He was told to come back later and speak to the manager, but when he returned he was still abusive.

He picked up a chair and threw it at a gaming machine then threw a monitor and pen store to the floor.

When interviewed by police Gillett described his behaviour in the bookies as a “baby tantrum because of his gambling problem.”

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said his client realised he had a gambling addiction.

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