THE former Jessops photography shop in Bolton is to become a bookmakers.

Ladbrokes is to close its branch in Great Moor Street and transfer to the former Jessops outlet in neighbouring Newport Street.

The betting company has asked Bolton Council for permission to change the use of the building so it can begin trading.

The council is aiming to reach a decision by March 18.

Last year, Ladbrokes closed its branch in Market Street and moved to Deansgate.

Jessops closed earlier this month after the firm went into administration, with bosses blaming the recession, changing technology and the rise of internet shopping.