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Hays Travel, which has a Newark store, is to cut up to 878 jobs

A travel agent has announced it will cut jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic.

John and Irene Hays, founders of Hays Travel, which has a store on Stodman Street, Newark, said they were devastated for everyone who may lose their job.

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The company, which took over hundreds of Thomas Cook stores, will cut up to 878 jobs of its 4,5000 workforce.

In a statement, Mr and Mrs Hays said: "We are devastated that after all of our efforts and the huge investment we've made we now face losing some of our valued employees, through no fault of their own.

"Following the decision to ban travel to Spain and the changes in furlough conditions coming at the same time, we have had no choice.

"We are also devastated for everyone who may lose their job and we will do all we can in consultations to help them, as we focus on retaining as many people as possible and rebuilding consumer confidence through our renowned friendly and knowledgeable customer service."

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