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Super casino decision delayed until January

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A DECISION on the location of Britain's first super casino has been put on hold for a month.

The Casino Advisory Panel was due to deliver a report to the Government in December recommending the location of the new development.

Seven areas were shortlisted - Greenwich, Blackpool, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield - but a decision will not be made until January at the earliest.

The panel is blaming 'printing problems', but critics claim they are dragging their feet over fears the decision will trigger costly legal action from the areas that lose out.

The Dome's bid in Greenwich has emerged as an early favourite. Developer Anschutz has already started building its casino structure inside the Dome, months before any official decision is due.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Culture Media and Sport said: 'We can confirm that the Government report will now be submitted in January.'