Coastguard stations to close

Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

The stations, which co-ordinate search and rescue services, are being replaced by the operations centre in Segensworth, Hampshire.

They were provisionally set to close by next April.

The new Maritime Operations Centre will be run alongside nine other 24-hour centres around the UK.