Chain store Game has announced plans to close 40 stores across the UK.

The firm confirmed that 27 sites have already been served notice, although it is not clear if its branches in Workington, Whitehaven, Carlisle and Barrow are among them.

Stores served notice include those in Mansfield, Canterbury, Watford, Glasgow Fort and Leicester.

The second wave of branches are outlets owned mostly by Intu and New River.

Game said it intended to serve notice on the additional sites in the near future.

A spokesman said: “We are working closely with landlords throughout the UK to ensure that we do not have to vacate the 40 locations which could lead to a number of job losses.

"However, we are facing a challenging retail market and Game with its extensive retail footprint, needs to restructure and landlords need to work with us in setting realistic, fair rents.”