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Howden a 'ghost town' as HSBC pulls out

Howden
Image caption Howden is a small market town in East Yorkshire, four miles from Goole and 17 miles from York

Traders in an East Yorkshire market town have said it will soon become a "ghost town" after the loss of its last high street bank.

HSBC pulled out of Howden last week due to declining use and a growth in online banking.

Two pubs are also due to close in the town.

Howden's mayor, Hugh Roberts, said he feared shoppers would travel to Goole, four miles away, instead of doing business in the small market town.

The Post Office on Bridgegate is now the only local alternative for banking and cash.

Image caption Howden's mayor Hugh Roberts fears shoppers will travel to Goole instead of banking in Howden

Two shops in the centre have indoor cash points, but close at 22:00 GMT. There are two more 24-hour cash points on the outskirts of the town.

Traders said Howden feels like a "ghost town" with "parking spaces galore" and businesses closing earlier as most shoppers have left by mid-afternoon.

Image caption The last remaining bank has closed, and two pubs are also due to shut
Image caption Howden is near the M62

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