IT STARTED with a tweet, did she ever think it would come to this?
On Sunday a tweet fron the account of Lacey Maclean, claimed that her fiancee, East Thurrock United football star, Kris Newby had “stolen £12,000 from her to fund a gambling addiction.
It was all in stark contrast to their engagement just two short months ago.
There were indications that all was not well after Newby, a key part of the team, was suspended for internal reasons.
Shortly after the Sunday afternoon tweet, Mr Newby went on the record to both local and national newspapers to speak about his gambling problems, to apologise to one and all (especially his fiancee) and to map how he is going to get his life in order.
Mr Newby is just one of many who has become addicted to the high stakes slot machines that have been described as the the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.
Kris, 25, from Stanford-le-Hope has found he has many friends. His grandmother, Peggy Passfield has stood up for him and the manager of East Thurrock United has also published a message of support..
And his football career may be back on track as he may be about to go on loan to promotion-chasing Grays Athletic. There, the fans, on their noticeboard, have pledged support and sympathy for the player.