Bookmakers Paddy Power today announced the opening of its 500th betting shop across Ireland and the UK. The new shop is in Stevenage, north of London. 

The company said it has opened 20 shops so far this year - ten in England and ten in Ireland, including its first shop in Co Leitrim. It plans to open a further 60 new shops during the year .

The bookies chain opened a total of 67 new shops last year and now has over 2,500 people working in its retail business.

"We are delighted to have reached the milestone of 500 shops," the company said. "We are continuing to grow and invest in our retail estate, bringing the Paddy Power difference to the high street," it added.