...are the ones who deserve no help:
Pedestrians in High Street North have been parting with £20 at a time in a gambling ruse known as the shell game.
Played since Ancient Greek times, the swindle involves a small ball being shifted between one of three identical containers with players having to guess where it ends up.
Small groups have been operating up and down the high street for several months, often outside WH Smith and across the road from KFC.Well, yes, that's where you'd expect the terminally dim to cluster, wouldn't you?
There are fears that the criminals involved are using fake players who ‘win’ to hoodwink unsuspecting people.No, just greedy people. And thick people!
Responding, a council spokeswoman said: “The problem of illegal street gambling in the borough is a matter for the local police, however council officers are aware of the issue and have been lending support, with our CCTV team monitoring, and passing on information to the police.
“Tackling this problem requires significant police resources, as these criminal gangs are extremely well organised.”And is this really where we want to target police resources? I really don't think so.