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COPTER BASE FACES CLOSURE.

MERSEYSIDE'S police helicopter and air base are in line to be axed in a bid to cut millions from the national crimefighting bill.

In 2009, the Association of Chief Police Officers found the nation's air support was "highly fragmented, more costly than it needed to be and its impact less than it could be considering the costs of running it".

Plans for a new National Police Air Service (NPAS) were put forward with Chief Constables opting to reduce the number of helicopters and bases across the country to save an estimated pounds 15.3m a year.

The NPAS team has now recommended Merseyside loses its force helicopter and closes the base at RAF Woodvale, in Formby.

If the plan is passed, Merseyside's air support would be provided from North Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 5, 2011
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