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Dr James Banks, Reader in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, raised concerns about the practice of lone working in betting shops. He stated that to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder (one of the licensing objectives) “I would encourage LBO [licensed betting office] operators to abolish lone working, with a view to reducing the likelihood of robbery and the risk posed to retail staff”

His evidence explained that analysis of the robberies committed in betting shops showed that although crimes were committed across betting shop opening hours, “many of the robberies took place in the evening when neighbouring shops will have closed and fewer people will be present either in the shop or the surrounding vicinity.”

Dr Banks then stated that lone working “typically occurs in evening, but also the early morning”118, the times at which the betting shops will usually have fewest customers and when other businesses in the area will be closed.


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