Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams is supporting the campaign to retain the Dyfed Powys Police Helicopter base at Pembrey.
There has been widespread concern this week at the announcement from the National Police and Air Service (NPAS) regarding their intentions to close 10 of their 25 helicopter bases across the UK, including that at Pembrey which serves the Dyfed Powys Police helicopter area. This news comes as even more of a blow as the NPAS provided Dyfed Powys’ Police and Crime Commissioner with a written agreement in November 2014 stating that the Pembrey base would be retained.
Commenting Mark Williams said;
“I have signed the Early Day Motion in Parliament on this issue tabled by the member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, where the Pembrey base is located, which has received cross party support. I have also contacted the Minister urging him to contact the NPAS and do all he can to rectify this terrible move, particularly given the written assurances from National Police and Air Service to the contrary, which were given only a matter of months ago.
“Dyfed Powys Police force cover a huge rural area. As the second largest police for by geographical area in the UK, helicopter capacity is so important for safe and effective policing of rural areas like ours. It is also far more effecting in terms of the time, staffing and money used. I hope these concerns are listened to, and this decision re-thought.”