Last night’s BBC Panorama programme on the impact of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in UK bookmakers’ shops has predictably lit a fuse under one of the betting industry’s most lucrative earners.

BBC Panorama

Following the programme, Clive Efford MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Sport and Gambling, said: “Panorama has highlighted concern around violence in betting shops associated with fixed odds betting terminals."

"It is a warning that something needs to be done to protect consumers and workers. The government must act with urgency and review the regulations.”

More on the subject is expected in the national newspapers.