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Cost-cutting measures for NSPCC in the Westcountry

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Image caption The NSPCC says it will work with its partners to ensure families will not lose support

Children's charity, the NSPCC, is to close five of its centres in the South West to save money.

Centres in Taunton, Dorchester, Exeter, Truro and Calne will be replaced with three regional centres in Swindon, Bristol and Plymouth.

Service manager in Bristol, Liz Morris, said they needed to focus on areas which had the "most impact on the greatest number of children".

In 2009 the charity said it planned to reduce its 180 centres to less than 50.

The charity has said this will not mean affected families will be left without support.

A spokesman said: "We're currently working with our partners to make sure those children and families using our service are supported and working with other providers to take up our work if necessary."

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