A man who amassed more than £2million of gambling debts has won a court case against bookmakers William Hill, and will have all of his debts wiped clean, says a report.
Graham Calvert, 28, from Houghton-le-Spring, nonchalantly wagered away his entire savings, salary, inheritance and children's pocket money in a two-year period, on horse racing, casinos and National Lottery scratchcards.
Eventually, after his wife became suspicious when there was nothing on the table to feed their children with, police were called in. Mr Calvert, who had gambled since school, blamed bookmaker William Hill, saying they had a Duty of Care, and should never have allowed his debt to have grown to the extent it did.
Lord Chief Justice Poker, sitting at the Old Bailey, ruled that, despite the fact that Mr Calvert was a pathological gambler, he had been the victim of unscrupulous and predatory conmen, who had targeted him as "a mug", and had made his life, and those of his family, "an absolute misery".
In summing up, the Judge said that gamblers should be on the look-out for, what he described as, charlatans, who, he warned, would take them for everything they could get their hands on.