Justyn Larcombe
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'Online gambling cost me my house, riches and family'

26 August 2013 Last updated at 15:47 BST

An insurance broker who became hooked on internet betting sites claims more must be done to recognise the fallout of gambling addictions.

Justyn Larcombe, who had a distinguished career in the army before making the move to finance, spent £750,000 over the course of his addiction - including £17,000 on a single bet.

He also lost his six figure salary job, dream home, wife and family in the process and was forced to sell off treasured heirlooms - such as his son's Christening spoon and a military prize - to pay for his mounting debts.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Stephen Nolan: "I'd driven my happy, well established, secure financially family to poverty... For every one problem gambler, around them there are shattered lives, broken homes, marriages over and children estranged."