Somerset-based Clarks axes 170 jobs just weeks before Christmas

High street chain Clarks has axed 170 jobs just weeks before Christmas amid further fears of store closures.

The redundancies come following changes to its business operations under a newly appointed chief executive.

A total of 80 job cuts have been made at its headquarters in Street - with affected workers told the news last Friday - just three weeks before Christmas.

There are fears stores could also closed as a result of the job losses. Credit: PA

A spokeswoman confirmed 170 staff members will be made redundant and 80 of these workers are based in Street.