Racing: A window of opportunity

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A window of opportunity for bookmakers as Ladbrokes show how betting shops will look after the removal of restrictions on shop fronts. The Home Secretary, Michael Howard, announced on Tuesday that secondary legislation will be enacted in the autumn session of Parliament which will lift the necessity for betting shop windows to be obscured. Ladbrokes, prepared for the changes which are likely to be possible early next year, have already designed some shop fronts in the new, open style. Other changes will allow a wider range of snacks to be sold in betting shops and screens showing sporting action and odds to be displayed in their windows.

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