More than 200 workers are to lose their jobs from the Northern Ireland Jeans Company plants in Londonderry and Newtownards, Co Down.

The factory had hoped for a lifeline from PKG but a spokesperson at the factory said they had been left with no choice but to close the plants.

The news of the closures has come as a shock to many of the workers; some were in tears as they left the factory last night

The majority of the jobs will be lost from the Londonderry factory with the remainder coming from Newtownards.