Somerset Levels flooding: Police to patrol in lifeboats

Flooding on the Somerset Levels Image copyright PA
Image caption Police will also use the boats to check up on those who have chosen to stay put

Police are to patrol flooded areas of the Somerset Levels by boat in an attempt to to reduce crime.

The two inflatable lifeboats have been provided by the RNLI and will also be staffed by Avon and Somerset Police officers and firefighters.

Ass Ch Con Louisa Rolfe said the boats would providing a visible presence and a deterrent to criminals.

She added officers would be knocking on doors and checking the welfare of those who had chosen to stay.

Ms Rolfe said the patrols would provide safety advice, support and reassurance to those affected by flooding.

"On top of that we, the RNLI and the fire service will be helping communities get back on their feet, whether that's taking supplies, helping people from their homes or making areas safe," she added.

On Saturday the force announced it was to start using a dozen hired Land Rovers to reach areas normal patrol cars were unable to access.

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