A MID Wales MS is calling on Welsh Government support to help ailing retailer Peacocks.

The fashion shops Peacocks and Jaeger went into administration this week, threatening the future of up to 4,700 jobs and almost 500 shops. It came after the owner of the retailers Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group failed to find a buyer for both businesses.

Peacocks has a branch in Newtown, in the Bear Lanes Shopping Centre, and outlet in Machynlleth's Co-op.

There is also a Peacocks in Shrewsbury, where there was in the past a standalone Jaeger store.

Helen Mary Jones MS, Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for the Economy and Tackling Poverty said: "This is potentially really bad news.

"This sector of retail has been hit hard by the Coronavirus crisis. Wales cannot afford to lose these jobs, especially at this time.

"Many of the jobs in Peacocks are in Wales and many of the workers are women.

“I am calling on Welsh Government to step in as a matter of urgency to take all steps possible to support the company and try to ensure that the company can be sold as a going concern.”

The MS has tabled a written question to the Welsh Government about the impact of the announcement on jobs in Wales