Great news for Ladbrokes, as it has been approved and licensed to open up its new wagering shop that will be located in Middlesbrough. This came as a result of the approval of the Middlesbrough council. The Middlesbrough council has given the chain of betting shops the license needed to open its new betting shop in Marton Shops in the Stokesley Road. This new betting shop is going to be located in the space where Wilson’s Grocer once existed, as this space is now empty after the shop has closed.
This license has undergone many objections, as a lot of the residents, councilors and even the Marton Community Council had a lot of problems with such licensing. There was even a petition that was signed and filed against the licensing of the wagering shop (A 226 petition).
These objections came as a result of their fear of the social and ethical problems that betting shops are stereotyped as bringing. Responding to such fears, the spokesperson of Ladbrokes, Rhiannon Daniel, has reaffirmed to the community and the licensing committee that no resident who is under the age of 18 is going to be granted access to the betting shop. This is due to the strict policy that Ladbrokes implements.
This policy states that any player who looks under the age of 21 will have to show his ID to prove his age and any player will be forced to leave unless he provides a proof of his age.