A PUB owner in Kidderminster says £4,000 worth of his stock will go to waste after the Government ordered bars, restaurants and leisure venues to close tonight.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also told cafes, theatres and gyms not to reopen tomorrow to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Pennies in the Bull Ring has already closed its doors in response to this evening's announcement, while owner Adam Wilcox, who also runs nearby bar The Vault, says the lack of notice is "disgusting".

He told The Shuttle: "It wasn't a shock, but the thing that makes me angry is that we haven't been given any notice. It's disgusting.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"I expected to be told we've got until Monday but no, we've been completely shafted.

"I've just closed Pennies and The Vault will open at 9pm tonight until 5am and everything must go.

"The fact of the matter is this is probably necessary but the respectful thing to do would have been to give people notice.

"I've got hundreds of pounds worth of food in the kitchen and 20 barrels of alcohol that will go off.

"We're talking nearly £4,000 worth of stock that will go out of date and need to be thrown away."

Adam said the pub will look to the Government's coronavirus bailout scheme to continue paying staff, adding that his employees "are fully behind the pub but very sad to see it close".

He added: "It's a completely unknown situation for us and thousands of other businesses.

"We don't know what the future holds or how long this is going to go on for.

"It's like staring into a black hole."