Bowler’s Angling, which has traded in Dagenham for the last 15 years, is closing down and will be shut before Christmas 2015.

Owner Mervyn Woodley says he does not want any more sleepless nights trying to keep the business afloat, citing a ‘losing battle’ against internet shopping as the key reason.

Mervyn told local newspaper the Barking and Dagenham Post:  “The last two years have been really difficult,” he said. “We just can’t make a living anymore.  I’m just going to have a nice Christmas, and then I’ll go and look for a job. I don’t have any real plans, but I’m sure I’ll find something.