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Allister rails at 'scourge' of internet gambling

By Rebecca Black

Internet gambling has been described as a scourge on our society, with calls for the Assembly to find a way to hold companies to account.

Young Co Down woman Lisa Carville ended up losing her profession, career and reputation after she became addicted to internet gambling.

TUV leader Jim Allister has long been an opponent of gambling, but said he is particularly concerned at how the internet had now made it so accessible.

"I think it is becoming an increasing scourge," he said. "For those who find it so irresistible, it is always there, and it's the gambling companies, never the gambler, who always win in the long run.

"Online it is accessible day and night, and in total secrecy. All you need is a credit card.

"The personal and family havoc is wreaks is evidenced so often in cases like this and others."

Mr Allister said he would like the Assembly to look at ways of creating new legislation to try and regulate online gambling.

"The whole internet set-up is very difficult to regulate, especially because it can be international," he said.

"I think there is an obligation on the hosts of servers that they do not really live up to.

"We need legislation to properly regulate them or we will never really crack it."

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