Coastguard centre will stay open

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MINISTERS have confirmed that a coastguard co-ordination centre that serves Hartlepool and east Durham will stay open.

Eight co-ordination centres will be closed nationwide, with a loss of 159 jobs, but the Government confirmed the Humber Coastguard Centre will not be affected.

Shipping minister Mike Penning insisted the changes would result in a “modernised, nationally networked, fully resilient” service and will see a new central Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire.

The Government set out its revised plans in July, which were confirmed after a consultation.

Ministers ditched their original proposals which envisaged cutting the centres from 19 to nine, with three remaining open 24-hours-a-day.