In this week's Braintree and Witham Times, we bring you devastating news for hundreds of workers at the The 2 Sisters Food Group factory in Witham.

The poultry firm has confirmed hundreds of jobs will be lost when it closes down its factory on the Freebournes Industrial Estate in August.

Bosses say it forms part of a restructuring and say 100 workers who are currently based at the Witham site will be employed at other factories.

Elsewhere in this week's paper, we bring you:

  • Libraries across Essex saved from closure after council's dramatic U-turn
  • Improved rating for once struggling GP surgery
  • Fury as 140 homes application gets approval on appeal
  • Council insists business park plan won't be affected by similar scheme in Uttlesford
  • MP calls for government intervention over deadly strep A outbreak
  • Iconic mill needs public's help with £12k repair mill
  • Highways vows to prosecute after Prodigy fans change A120 sign
  • Still hope for railings after listed bid fails

We also have a special eight-page Forever Friends pull-out which features pictures of Year Six students who will be leaving primary school later this month.