Chopper chatter

MEMBERS of the public have taken to the internet to criticise the Government’s decision to take the police helicopter out of South Yorkshire.

More than 50 people expressed their support for the force chopper during an online web chat with South Yorkshire Police Authority.

it was part of a discussion on the introduction of a National Police Air Support (NPAS) service, which will replace the existing helicopter based in Sheffield.

The move has been pushed by the Government as part of spending cuts. The national service will see 23 aircraft operating from 20 bases around the country.

The nearest helicopters for South Yorkshire will be located in Derbyshire, Humberside and West Yorkshire.

The Authority will discuss the findings of the consultation and the latest developments on NPAS at a meeting tomorrow in Barnsley.