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Seaside piers 'at risk' from rising costs, say campaigners

26 August 2013 Last updated at 19:27 BST

Some of Britain's oldest seaside piers are at risk from rising maintenance and insurance costs, campaigners have said.

Trade association Co-operatives UK said too many piers were "trapped in a cycle of neglectful ownership with only periodic attempts at conservation".

Most could be better run by local people, social enterprises or charities, it said.

Tom Esslemont reports.