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Johnston Press shuts five offices

6 July 2012

Johnston Press is to close five offices at Matlock, Sutton, Mansfield Marketplace, Ripley and Mexborough.

Reporters and sales staff will continue to cover the areas through "agreed contact points and regular reporter surgeries", according to a statement issued by the company, which said these "contacts" would take place at the offices of organisations such as tourist information and community centres.

The company says it anticipates that the consultation will finish by July 13.

Chris Morley, NUJ Northern Organiser, said:

"The closure by Johnston Press of so many offices in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire sends out all the wrong signals to the local communities about the company's commitment to local journalism and serving their needs.
"These offices are at the heart of their communities and give the local title a unique advantage and sense of accessibility to readers. The arrangements Johnston Press are talking about putting in place are quite simply unworkable."

The Mexborough office, which is in the Doncaster constituency of Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, was the centre of a dispute last summer when the Doncaster Free Press chapel went on strike for 55 days over compulsory redundancies, including Jim Oldfield, the editor.