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Moray library closures: Campaign group in legal challenge

Campaigners trying to stop Moray Council closing seven libraries are to challenge the decision in the courts.

The local authority voted to axe the Burghead, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Hopeman, Portknockie and Rothes facilities, to save more than £350,000.

The decision came despite a recommendation to retain the libraries at Burghead, Cullen and Dufftown.

Save our Libraries Moray is to go to the Court of Session to seek a judicial review.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has already urged Moray Council to reconsider the closure of seven of its 15 libraries.

The council - which has acknowledged the strength of opposition to the closures - said cuts had to be made.

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