NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

'Meat stop' helicopter pilots flying again

Two coastguard helicopter pilots suspended for stopping off to pick up meat from a butchers during a training exercise are back flying again.

Paul Bentley was demoted to co-pilot after the Shetland-based search and rescue helicopter landed in an Orkney field in April, but has now been restored as captain.

Steve Gladstone, who was a contract pilot, is also back at work.

A campaign to have them reinstated collected thousands of names.

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