Bookmaker says sorry for pay-out delays at King’s Lynn shops after Grand National

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Betting company bosses have apologised after customers in Lynn were forced to wait for their winnings after Saturday’s Grand National.

While Many Clouds won the big race at odds of 25/1, there were dark clouds over Betfred’s two shops in Lynn as some punters were not paid at the weekend.

Aaron Nicol contacted the Lynn News via Twitter on Sunday, describing the problem as “an absolute disgrace.”

A spokesman for Betfred, which has branches in Broad Street and Wootton Road, yesterday confirmed the issue had been resolved, but declined to say what had caused the problem.

He said: “I’d like to apologise for the inconvenience caused to the lucky customers who backed the winner of the Grand National.

“We do apologise and it has been rectified.”

Up to £250 million is thought to have been staked on the Grand National.

Ahead of the race, betting industry officials estimated one in five of all bets would be placed on retiring champion jockey AP McCoy’s mount, Shutthefrontdoor, who finished fifth.