A steel maker is to cut more than 350 jobs due to “challenging” market conditions.

Liberty Steel said about 282 jobs would go at its plants in South Yorkshire, and about 72 in Newport, South Wales.

The firm said it was consulting with trade unions and hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Ross Murdoch from the GMB union described the losses “as more bad news for the UK steel industry”.

The proposed redundancies include, 250 in Stocksbridge, 17 in Rotherham and 15 at Brinsworth in South Yorkshire, and 72 in Newport, South Wales.

Liberty Steel said the job cuts follow a review of its UK business, leading to a decision to reduce its workforce at certain plants to match production forecasts.

The firm’s chief executive Cornelius Louwrens said: “Liberty has taken enormous

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