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Could we lose our rescue helicopters? Full report

They say lives will be lost if it's scrapped but today campaigners fighting to save the coastguard helicopter at Portland in Dorset were dealt a bitter blow.

Half the 18 coastguard co-ordination centres around the country - including Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent - are to close and are being replaced by a new national centre near Fareham. The re-orgnisation will also see the Dorset search and rescue helicopter axed in the next five years.

Hopes were raised after the Transport Select Committee called for public consultation about the plans. But, as Kerry Swain reports, the new Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond appeared to have made his mind up.

We also hear from Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset.



Police hunt pensioner

Kingsley Morgan, 73, has been missing for almost a week Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Portland have renewed their appeal for information about a missing 73-year-old man from the island. Officers want to hear from members of the public who might be able to help them find Kingsley Morgan. Mr Morgan was last seen on Portland at about 4.30pm on Friday, 8th June.

He was wearing beige coloured trousers and a fawn knitted jumper, and is described as being five feet six inches tall, of medium build with gret untidy hair.

Acting Detective Inspector Steve Symms said: “We are still growing increasingly concerned for Kingsley’s welfare.

“We are continuing to ask the public for their support in trying to locate him."

Anyone who has seen or heard from Kingsley is asked to contact Dorset Police.

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