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Norfolk officers to help 'maintain law and order' after Hurricane Irma

Wind speeds on the island reached up to 160mph. Credit: Caribbean Buzz Aelicopters via AP

Police officers from Norfolk are being sent to the British Virgin Islands to help in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

The storm destroyed nearly everything in its path as it made landfall on a number of Caribbean Islands, and is currently wreaking havoc in Florida.

The aftermath of Irma in the British Virgin Islands. Credit: BVI Government via AP.

Two members of the UK police cadre, who offer support to the military in times of international crisis, flew out on Friday evening ( 7 September) with a further 53 British officers, from 14 police forces, departing Brize Norton today in cooperation with the MOD.

The officers, including those from South Norfolk, will support the oversea territory's own police force with maintaining law and order, and finding missing people.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrific disaster. Through NPoCC we are mobilising police officers who have the experience and expertise to assist complex crisis operations.

We received offers of support from officers across the country as soon as this crisis began. These officers, and the many others who volunteered, signify our commitment to help those in need and humanitarian instinct of the British police force, no matter where in the world.

This is a fast-moving operation. We are working around the clock to get British police support to where it is needed most.

– National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for International Policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh

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