Police launch 24-hour boat patrols on Somerset Levels

Police have launched 24-hour boat patrols to help residents and prevent crime on the flooded Somerset Levels.

Avon and Somerset Police will work with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI to run the patrols:

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We're now patrolling flooded areas by boat 24/7 offering help, reassurance and a visible deterrent to would-be criminals #somersetfloods

Two inflatable lifeboats have been provided by the RNLI, while 15 volunteers from the Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team have travelled to Somerset to provide help.

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