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Scrapping Nimrods branded 'perverse'

Six former defence chiefs have written to the Daily Telegraph warning that scrapping the RAF's new Nimrod surveillance fleet will leave a "massive gap" in British security.

In an open letter, leading military figures describe the decision to destroy the aircraft as "perverse".

The nine new aircraft were due to enter service next year at an estimated cost of £4bn, but became the victim of cuts in the recent defence review.

The Ministry of Defence says the decision to dismantle the planes will save £2bn over ten years.

The BBC's Lorna Gordon reports.