Does anyone remember this.
Around the mid 60s my sister lived off Earle Road. A flyer came through the door advertising a "Double Your Money" betting system ran by a "William Corrigan", if I remember correctly. It operated from a makeshift kiosk in one of the corner shops on Earle Road.
It offered that whatever stake you placed, he would gamble it on the horses and the next week you would receive double back. The first week my brother-in-law put ?5 on and the next week he got ?10 back, the next week there were people queuing up to put money on, my mother put ?25 on, a lot of money at the time, and next week NOTHING, Corrigan had done a runner with all the suckers' money.
The shop got smashed up by angry punters and it had nothing to do with the owners, they just let the space out for a few pounds.