Monday, 16 February 2009


EXCLUSIVE Weller punts spark fear of results leak Bookies have stopped taking bets on the Brits amid fears at least one result has been leaked. A flurry of punts on Paul Weller to win Best Male Solo Artist were placed in just a few hours yesterday at William Hill shops. Each bet was around £50 in cash and placed at different sites across London, making the wagers virtually untraceable. The firm has now been forced to slash the star's odds from 5/1 outsider to favourite at 1/5 on. A source said: "They were very clever. This kind of betting behaviour only happens when someone knows something." Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Tote were offering no odds on any category yesterday as Britain's other major bookmakers followed William Hill's lead. The Voting Academy for the Brits is made up of 1,000 people from the music industry. The votes are collected online, counted and independently verified by official scrutinisers. A Brits spokesman said: "Every precaution is taken to keep results under lock and key." He refused to say who would be privy to the information once votes were cast. But an awards source added: "It's the first time this betting suspension has hit the Brits. Somebody obviously got a piece of info they thought was true." Other nominees for Best Male Solo are Ian Brown, James Morrison, The Streets and Will Young. William Hill is still taking bets on Best Single, voted for by the public. Girls Aloud are faves at 13/8, with Duffy 7/4, Coldplay 3/1, Leona Lewis 8/1 and Scouting For Girls 14/1. The live show, hosted by Kylie Minogue and James Corden, is on ITV1 at 8pm on Wednesday.

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