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Flotilla farewell to Portland coastguard station

Operations are moving from Portland to Hampshire Credit: HM Coastguard

A flotilla of vessels has sailed into Weymouth to say farewell to Portland coastguard station.

The station, which co-ordinates search and rescue services, is being replaced by the National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire.

The closure of the centre, which has been based on the quayside for 35 years, has been strongly criticised.

The vessels sailed from Weymouth, up the harbour to the coastguard office on the quayside saluted by cannon fire from Nothe Fort.

Organiser of the flotilla Roger Macpherson said: "It's purely a thank you for the 35 years of service."

The new Maritime Operations Centre in Segensworth, will be run alongside nine other 24-hour bases around the UK.

The government claims the move will "modernise" the service and cut costs.

The coastguard helicopter based at Portland is due to be replaced by a regional service in 2017.

There's been strong opposition to the plans Credit: ITV



Window cleaner injured after scooter collision

A window cleaner has been taken to hospital with a head injury after his ladder was knocked by someone driving a mobility scooter.

The 40-year-old fell two storeys (about 15ft or 4.5m) on Ashley Road, Poole, at about 1.20pm on Friday.

Dorset Police said the cleaner was taken to Poole Hospital with a serious head injury and a 70-year-old woman driving the scooter was uninjured. An investigation has been launched.

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