Retailers have reported losses of more than £1,000 since distributor Citipost announced it would deliver Racing Post directly to bookmakers. 

Speaking at the South Eastern district council meeting last week, Raj Patel, from Leicester Store Road in East Sussex, said: “I have lost two customers since this deal was made, and have lost £50 a week for six months.

“I pay Menzies £65 a week in delivery charges and they have now taken away some of my biggest orders. I can’t do anything about it.”

District vice-president Bhavesh Patel said: “We know members aren’t getting copies of Racing Post and are talking to the wholesalers to try to get their supplies back.”

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