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Shock closure of 100-year-old firm means 130 jobs gone

More than 130 staff face a grim Christmas after the shock closure of a 100-year-old laundry business with hundreds of clients across the South East.

Employees broke down in tears as they were told that White Knight Laundry Services, based in Eastbourne, was going into administration.

And shock turned to anger as employees learned that the owner of the business - who took over less than a year ago - had watched the announcement via CCTV from his London office. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are: June Turner, a former employee; Darren Fuller, a former employee and Judith Blincow, Hotelier.

Christmas card rush - Behind the scenes at Royal Mail in Reading!

The 15th of December is the busiest day of the year for our posties. Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters and parcels are collected sorted and delivered as our love affair with Christmas cards continues.

At this time of year extra staff have been drafted in by the Royal Mail to cope with the bumper post bags. Our reporter Penny Silvester got up very early this morning to join staff at Reading's sorting office in Berkshire - to give us an insight into the operation there.

The interviewees are: Matthew Taylor, a postman; Clare Brown, a postwoman; and Graeme Tyers, a Royal Mail manager.

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Laundry firm in administration - 130 people lose jobs

The firm is based at Eastbourne in Sussex

More than 130 people have lost their jobs with the sudden closure of a 100-year-old laundry business based in Eastbourne.

White Knight Laundry Services which provided services for hotels and care homes across the south-east has gone into administration less than a year after coming under new ownership.

A former employee, June Turner, told us of her shock. Some people broke into tears when they found out about the closure, which comes just before Christmas.

The message on the firm's website confirming that it has gone into administration Credit: Company website

Strike threat by BA cabin crew

The crews have votes in facour of strike action Credit: ITV

Thousands of cabin crew working for British Airways ‘Mixed Fleet’ have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over pay.

Just under 80 per cent of the crews that took part in the ballot voted for strike action. Over 2,500 Unite members who work on long and short-haul routes to dozens of destinations could go on strike after 21 December.

Two Oxford farmers to lead cow procession in London

Two cows will be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral

Two Oxford farmers will lead a procession of cows in London this morning to celebrate the best of British livestock.

Two of Tina Russell and Simon Farmer's own cows will front the parade and will also be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

More than 200 farmers from across the UK will take part in the event which will also include calves, lambs and chickens.

Cows will parade through London

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CCTV catches burglar taking pub's tips box

When the owner of the Three Tuns pub in Lower Halstow in north Kent was burgled, she decided to install CCTV cameras throughout the building. It wasn't long before the investment paid off.

The cameras captured the moment a burglar broke in - while staff and customers were downstairs.

Abigail Bracken's report includes an interview with pub manager Scott Lacey and landlady Carol Haines.

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