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Stars back fire station legal bid

Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris said he "fully supported" the campaign

Several celebrities have backed a High Court bid to block a plan to close a Berkshire fire station at night.

Sir Elton John, Rolf Harris and Sir Alan Sugar are all calling for Windsor fire station to be saved.

It comes after Berkshire Fire Authority agreed in 2007 to cut operating hours and provide a service for Windsor from Slough between 8pm and 8am.

A judicial review of the consultation process is to be heard at the High Court on 17 February.

A host of stars have sent messages of support backing the campaign.

Actor Warwick Davis said: "Save Windsor fire station - magic."

'Flawed process'

Windsor resident and television presenter Timmy Mallett said: "Good luck to our utterly brilliant firemen."

Sir Elton wrote: "Please keep Windsor fire station open, they do a fantastic job for the community."

The review was requested by council leaders as part of their campaign to keep 24-hour cover at the fire station.

The council's application sought a review on the grounds that the fire authority's consultation process was flawed.

The council said the authority's decision was based on historical statistics and without proper assessment of future risk in respect of population increases in Windsor and Slough.

The fire authority said the plans were "part of a county-wide programme to improve levels of fire cover where it is most needed".

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