Wales

New police helicopter service over Dyfed-Powys force area

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Image caption Pembrey in Carmarthenshire will temporarily remain an NPAS operating base

The police helicopter service covering mid and south-west Wales has officially come to an end.

The operations of the Dyfed-Powys Police Helicopter were taken over by the National Police Air Service at midnight.

The Pembrey base in Carmarthenshire will be retained as a "forward operating base" for now, although aircraft will not be stationed there.

Dyfed-Powys Police's commissioner said it would still mean 24-hour air cover.

The nearest helicopters will now be based at St Athan, in the Vale of Glamorgan and Hawarden in Flintshire.

The new arrangements will cost £890,000 a year from January - about £275,000 less than in 2014-15.

It come as the local service transfers from forces in Wales and England to the national service.

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