New research has claimed 25 pubs are closing a week and been converted into flats or office space.

The news, from property firm Altus, would mean almost 1300 pubs have called last orders in the past year.

It comes as cost pressures including business rates have risen dramatically, as well as a retail landscape that has seen many long running high street brands close.

The property data from the company revealed that 1,292 pubs shut their doors in the last year.

Figures released by CAMRA last year revealed around 18 pubs were closing each week with national chairman Colin Valentine describing the latest business rates evaluation and other tax burdens as 'crippling'.

The number of pubs has fallen dramatically since the 1970s with around 28,000 closing their doors in the past 40 years from 75,000 in the 1970s to around 47,000 today.

It comes as a new campaign dubbed 'Long Live the Local' has been launched by Britain's Beer Alliance – the group behind the 'There's a Beer for That' campaign – to save pubs, and which focuses on a reduction in beer duty.

David Shuttleworth, vice president at Altus Group, said: "The sad reality is that more pubs will continue to call time unless further financial support is provided by the Government.

"The Chancellor should be bold within his autumn Budget later in the year by giving pubs a helping hand through an unprecedented stimulus of freezing rate rises in April 2019 whilst increasing the pub discount."