It was only after Annie Ashton’s husband Luke took his own life that she realised he had been gambling in secret – sometimes up to 100 times a day on his phone. She wants urgent changes to the way the betting industry operates

In 2019, Annie Ashton’s husband, Luke, closed all his online betting accounts. He confessed to her that he’d lost more money than they could afford and swore his gambling days were over.

“Luke said he wouldn’t gamble any more and I fully thought that was what was going to happen – I think Luke did too,” says Ashton. “We thought it was like a switch that could be turned off. We were very naive.”

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