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Police helicopter base in Suffolk to remain until April 2017

The police helicopter in use in Suffolk. Credit: PA Archive

The police helicopter base at Wattisham airfield in Suffolk has been given a stay of execution.

The National Police Air Service, which runs the service, plans to close it as part of a project to cut the overall number of bases in the country.

Wattisham - which provides cover for Norfolk and Suffolk - will now stay open until April 2017 because of delays to the delivery of four lower-cost fixed-wing aircraft which were due to replace some of the fleet's helicopters.