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Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, closure announced

Miners at Hatfield Colliery Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Hatfield Colliery was taken over by an employee benefit trust in September 2013

One of the last three deep coal mines in the UK is to be closed by the end of the week, with the loss of 430 jobs.

Hatfield Colliery, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was due to shut in the summer of 2016 but the move has been brought forward unexpectedly.

Micheal O'Sullivan, spokesman for the colliery, said: "We can't find a market for the coal, so there is no point in producing it."

The pit has been run by an employee-owned trust since 2013.

Hatfield along with Kellingley in North Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire was the last of the UK's deep seam mines.

Mr O'Sullivan said workers were told the news as they came on shift at the mine on Monday evening and there was sufficient money to pay all "contractual undertakings" for the workers.

He said the closure was "in no way due to failings of the workforce or management".

External factors such as low coal prices, a switch to renewable energy and large coal stocks have made a set of "almost unprecedented circumstances", he added.

An official winding-up petition is to be issued on Tuesday.

The BBC understands work to backfill the mine shafts is set to begin on Friday.

In May, a government grant of £20m was aimed to provide Hatfield Colliery Partnership with support until its planned closure in August 2016.

Last year the colliery also secured a £4m loan from the National Union of Mineworkers

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