Nestle has announced its confectionery factory in Newcastle is to shut with the loss of 474 jobs.

The global food manufacturer said it was holding talks with employees at the Fawdon plant but the focus was now on closing it in 2023.

A spokeswoman said the majority of production currently in the North East would move to Halifax, West Yorkshire.

The GMB and Unite unions condemned the move and said closing “a profit-making factory” was “unacceptable”.