A BASINGSTOKE man has collected 100,000 loyalty points from HMV over several years, but now faces losing them because the DVD and music chain has gone into administration.

Andrew Ball, 52, from Church Square Basingstoke, accumulated the points using the store’s Pure HMV card. The IT manager estimates they are worth around £40, but now has no idea if he will be able to redeem them. He said: “Every time I buy something, they credit points to the card, but now I assume they are worthless.”

HMV was the second high-street store in a week to go into administration, following camera chain Jessops, which closed all its stores last Friday, including one in The Malls, Basingstoke.

Yesterday, DVD rental company Blockbuster was the latest casualty, announcing it had also gone into administration, putting 4,200 jobs at risk, including those at the two Basingstoke stores in Hatch Warren and Chineham Shopping Centre.

There is also a story in today's Gazette about two high-street businesses at Top of the Town closing down.

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