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Coastguard helicopter captain demoted over Orkney butcher trip

A coastguard helicopter captain has been demoted for landing his aircraft to pick up meat from a butchers.

Paul Bentley had been suspended by operators CHC after the Shetland-based search and rescue helicopter landed in an Orkney field in April.

The incident came to light after a video was posted on YouTube.

It is understood Mr Bentley has now been demoted to co-pilot, while another crew member has been told he will not fly with CHC for at least a year.

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael fears the decision by company officials could have serious implications on the service it helps provide.

Following Mr Bentley's suspension, the butcher involved said he was disappointed at the action taken against the pilot.

The helicopter had landed near Craigie's butchers in the east of mainland Orkney to pick up a consignment of meat.

Mobile phone footage - which has now been removed from YouTube - showed two crew getting out of the helicopter and walking over to a group of butchers, who handed over the bag of beef.

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