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Welsh police force provide support for Hurricane Irma relief effort

Hurricane Irma killed 37 people in the Caribbean. Credit: PA

Eight Gwent Police officers will fly out to the British Virgin Islands to help with the disaster relief effort after Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Seven police constables and a sergeant volunteered to provide support for around four weeks to local police. The local forces in the Island have been facing public order challenges including looting.

This will be a challenging deployment but I am proud that our officers have offered their assistance.

It speaks volumes for the dedication of those working within Gwent Police that they are prepared to make this commitment and I hope communities across Gwent will join me in wishing them well.

– Chief Constable Julian Williams

Hurricane Irma is thought to have affected around 1.2 million people.

It was the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, reaching the highest category five status, with winds of up to 295km/h (185mph).

It left devastation in it's trial across the Caribbean countries and territories, with at least 37 people confirmed dead.