Northern Ireland

PSNI purchases new helicopter to use in fight against crime

The PSNI has bought a fourth police helicopter which it said would be used to strengthen the fight against crime in Northern Ireland.

The £7m aircraft, built by Eurocopter, will ready for use in time for the G8 summit in Enniskillen in June.

It can carry up to 10 people, including crew, and has space for two stretcher casualties in rescue situations.

Police said they had deployed their helicopters on 1,058 occasions so far this year.

These included 56 times for public disorder and 25 for VIP protection.

The PSNI said the "vast majority" of deployments were in support of everyday police work.

The last Eurocopter machine bought by the PSNI three years ago cost seven million pounds.

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