First Trust Bank to shut Cookstown and Magherafelt branches

First Trust Bank customers in Mid Ulster will be impacted by its decision to close half its branches in Northern Ireland.

Cookstown branch is to shut on June 30 and business move to neighbouring Dungannon, while the Magherafelt branch will close on July 28 and business move around 30 miles to Ballymena.

Up to 130 jobs are expected to lost with the closure of 15 of the bank's 30 branches.

First Trust says the "difficult decision" followed a reshaping and investment programme designed to ensure a sustainable future for the bank and its customers, addressing the considerable shift in customer behaviour and their changing needs.

"To support and minimise any inconvenience through the transition, the bank will write to impacted customers in advance to tell them how to use alternative branches, services and transact at the Post Office," said a spokesperson.

"Branch staff will be available to help and advise, and customers can also telephone our dedicated helpline 0345 600 3749 9am – 5pm with any specific queries."