North East Wales

North Wales Police reveal £1.7m helicopter running cost

The North Wales Police helicopter has cost the force more than £1.7m during the last year, figures have revealed.

The figure is one of several released following a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

Figures also show the aircraft flew for more than 463 hours between January and November 2010, helped find 39 missing people and helped officers recover nearly £79,000 worth of property.

During the same period it has flown 569 times, dealing with 867 incidents.

According to the FOI response, the helicopter helped find 11 stolen vehicles and carried out 82 thermal searches - of which 13 provided "a positive result".

The force's FOI response said the running cost of £1,718,658 "covers all expenditure relating to the running of the unit, not just aircraft costs.

"This would include for example staff costs, building costs, energy, vehicle running costs, grounds maintenance etc".

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