Blaze-hit coal mine to close

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One of the UK’s last remaining coal mines is to shut with the loss of up to 650 jobs.

The decision to close Daw Mill Colliery in north Warwickshire follows a major fire last month, the largest in a UK coal mine in more than 30 years.

A small team will remain on site to secure the mine over the coming months but owner UK Coal Mine Holdings said the majority of Daw Mill’s 650-strong workforce would be made redundant.

The company said the fire is still burning ferociously at a depth of 740 metres, with no signs of it reducing.