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Coastguard stations set to be reduced

The UK's 18 coastguard stations are to be reduced to eight, with only three operational around the clock, the government has announced.

Plans aiming to "improve levels of service while reducing costs" will see 24-hour centres in Aberdeen, Dover and the Southampton/Portsmouth area.

Shipping Minister Mike Penning said the organisation of the coastguard dated back 40 years and "cannot stand still".

The cuts raise concerns about safety around the UK's coastline, says Labour.

BBC's Colette Hume reports.

  • 16 Dec 2010
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