THE COMPANY behind the world-famous Monopoly board game have dropped the idea of players being sent to Tonbridge as a punishment.

The move comes after wholesaler Winning Moves UK admitted there had been some ‘backlash’ to the idea after assessing feedback from the more than 1,600 votes submitted so far, although the firm was keen to emphasise the original idea had come from the public.

Despite some minor murmurings of discontent over the use of Tonbridge as a replacement for the classic ‘jail’ corner square, the overall response has been highly positive, with votes even coming in from the ex-pat community in Australia.

A spokesman for Winning Moves UK said: “We would like to thank everyone who has voted so far and have made it all possible.

“We chose Tunbridge Wells as it is the quintessential British Royal town with beautiful landmarks.

“I urge people to keep voting and for those in neighbouring Tonbridge to support their sister town because maybe, in the years to come, they will feature in a set of their own.”

Polls close this Friday (March 31) at 11.59pm.