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This week 60 years ago: Factory workers lost their jobs

PUBLISHED: 17:12 01 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:12 01 March 2020

This week 60 years ago. Picture: Hackney Archives

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This week 60 years ago employees of the John Player & Sons’ cigarette factory in Shoreditch were shocked to find it would be closing – meaning 160 workers would lose their jobs.

A spokesman for the firm said the factory had become "uneconomic" to operate.

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One employee said news of the factory closing was a "bombshell".

He said: "It won't be easy for some of us to get other jobs."

The same week, four men were in court on a rape charge after two girls were taken to a house in Dalston, threatened and assaulted. One of the women said in court: "There was no way for me to get out, so I just had to do what they wanted."

Two men were also charged with attempting to rob a post office with a truncheon in Hackney Wick.

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