A COUNCIL-LED crackdown on gambling in Barnsley will be discussed by local authority bosses next week.

A task and finish group to investigate gambling-related harm in Barnsley, made up of seven councillors, met with associated charities, licensing officers and a counselling service to see what measures could be taken to tackle problem gambling in the borough.

The group found that gambling in the borough is linked to health inequalities and is more prevalent in the most deprived areas.

An investigation into the placement of so called ‘category D machines’ - classed as low-stake fruit machines, coin pushers or crane grabbers - will be undertaken so they are not placed in pairs.

A report said: “Members are keen to stress the huge negative impact gambling is having on people and would like to see local campaigns introduced to raise awareness of gambling and the links between gaming and gambling for both young people and parents.”