Two German women who took a casino to court after their husbands gambled all of their savings away have won damages.

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe heard how the two gambling addicts, not named, had written to the casino in Dortmund to tell them to throw them out if they ever went in there.

But the casino failed to act when the pair turned up to play on the slot machines and lost £6,700 between them.

The WestSpiel casino company said it checked the identity of people playing roulette and black-jack, but admitted it did not check those playing on slot machines.

The court said the casino should have done more to stop the men gambling there, and ruled in favour of the women. The amount of damages to be awarded is yet to be set.