Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gambler in Suicide Bid

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gambler in Suicide Bid

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Byline: By Jamie Diffley

A man tried to kill himself in front of his bank manager after being told he was pounds 40,000 in debt.

Kenneth Neill took an overdose of pills as he came face to face with Lloyds TSB bosses in Hexham.

He collapsed on the floor and was taken to the town's General Hospital where he is recovering.

Last month the Chronicle told how Mr Neill was fighting bank officials after claiming they had made a pounds 40,000 blunder.

Mr Neill, of Newcastle, calls himself the biggest professional gambler in the North East and claims to have made and lost about pounds 20 million over the past 30 years.

He says that he makes up to 20 transactions a day worth tens of thousands of pounds.

But Mr Neill says he is worried sick by having to fight to prove his innocence.

The 52-year-old is allowed a pounds 3,200 overdraft on his account, but Lloyds TSB says he owes them almost pounds 40,000.

But Mr Neill said that was "rubbish" and says his debit card will not allow anymore than his pounds 3,200 overdraft. …

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