Horse riders could become crime-fighters after Hampshire police announced it can no longer afford to patrol rural areas. Volunteers from Hampshire Horsewatch will cover parts of the countryside, but they will only have the same power of arrest as citizens.
The Police Federation has criticised the scheme claiming that volunteers, wearing high visibility jackets, are being put at risk. Andrew Pate reports.
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A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.
Rain turning more patchy this afternoon but more persistent along the coast. Feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind.