Police helicopter base to close

A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter

A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter

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The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has announced plans to close a Lancashire helicopter base to save money.

Warton is one of 10 earmarked to close by 2017.

It will leave 15 bases for NPAS, which serves police forces across England and Wales. There will also be four fewer helicopters.

Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehouse, said: “NPAS needs to find further substantial financial savings with a target of 14 per cent of revenue cuts over the next three years.

“This is on top of the 23 per cent savings already made.

“Local police forces facing similar savings are looking at how they rationalise their estate and ways of operating and NPAS is no different in this regard.

“This move will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service and mean that every base supports police forces 24 hours a day. It is a move based on an analysis of potential threat, risk and harm to the public we serve.”