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Campaigners March on Number 10 in Final Bid to Save Portland Helicopter

Portland Helicopter 1

10:15am 29th April 2014
(Updated 10:16am 29th April 2014)

Campaigners trying to save Portland's Coastguard Helicopter will present a petition with 100 thousand signatures to Downing Street this afternoon (Tuesday 29th April).

The emergency chopper is to be grounded in 2017 and be replaced by faster, new ones launching from Lee on Solent.

It's led to fears lives will be put at risk due to longer emergency response times. The Department for Transport have defended the move saying the new modern vehicles will be faster and more capable.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax is one of the many who've led the fight against the government over the issue and he'll be going to Number 10;

"We're meeting in the Commons at 2pm and then we'll wonder down to Number 10 and bang on the door. We sadly can't deliver the whole 100,000 signatures because you're only allowed to hand in so much. The rest will be sent by post. Otherwise we'd have to have a van to deliver outside Number 10 instead of just an armful."

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