Police helicopter bases to close at Pembrey and RhuddlanPosted: February 21, 2015
By Peter Collins,
Budget cuts which will mean the closure of two police helicopter bases in Wales have been described as “deeply disappointing.”
The cuts to the National Police Air Service will mean that air support from Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, will end in September, and from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, on New Year’s Day 2016.
The cuts, aimed at improving efficiency, mean that the number of bases in England and Wales has been cut to 15.
Helicopter cover will continue from St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, and Hawarden, Flintshire, and bases in England.
Christopher Salmon, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner said the cuts were “deeply disappointing” and pledged to “fight to ensure the best possible service for the people of Dyfed-Powys.
The National Police Air Service said it faced budget cuts of 14% in the next three years on top of 23% savings already made.
Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse of NPAS said: “This move will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service and means that every base supports police forces 24 hours a day.”
North Wales police and crime commissioner Winston Roddick said he was seeking reassurance that “the integrity of the air cover for North Wales will be maintained and that a first-class service will continue to be provided” from Hawarden.
Sourced by Wales Online