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Alastair Gitt

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Bookmaker hid in problem gambler’s shed
Bookie breaks restraining order by targeting problem gambler from garden shed.

Bookmaker Keith Vim broke a restraining order after spending 10 days hiding in a self-excluded punter’s garden shed.

Gravesend magistrates heard how Vim, 31, of Donald Biggs Avenue, targeted problem gambler Gareth Timms from his 'summer house' with 'Get 12p when you lose 8 grand' offers.

Timms self-excluded from Mugbet but was inundated with adverts that tried to lure him back onto FOBTs and beaten favourites.

Vim landed himself with a restraining order on a separate occasion when he repeatedly demanded money from Timms' pensioner mother Millicent with the promise of a VIP status.

Sentencing, district Judge Dik Venom said: “Ten days hiding in the victim’s shed was intrusive and oppressive. BUT his sentence will be reduced because he gave me a 200-free spin voucher on Luck of the Irish.”

Vim’s six-month restraining order now strictly bans him from accessing Timms’ address by any means.

He must pay a £13.50 victim surcharge and get Timms a new shed.

Judge Venom warned any further breach would see Vim strapped to a chair and forced to watch all 69 episodes of Call the Midwife.

Vim said: “Call the Midwife? Please, give me the thumb screws - anything but that.”

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