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Police chopper moving to Bournemouth

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8:40am 3rd October 2012
(Updated 9:21am 3rd October 2012)

There's concern the decision to relocate Dorset's police helicopter from Winfrith to Bournemouth could cost lives.

The chopper's to form part of a regional response team across the South West in the National Police Air Service  which would save Dorset police 450 thousand pounds a year.

But Bridport councillor David Tett's concerned it won't always be available to fly patients in Dorset to hospital at night when the air ambulance is grounded, because it could be deployed elsewhere.

He also says the move to Bournemouth will cost vital minutes getting to emergencies in West Dorset.

Dorset police say the majority of its air support tasks are over the Bournemouth and Poole areas, so makes logistical sense to move it, and also help cover the Western half of Hampshire.

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