Chopper axed?

Government plans to axe the area’s police helicopter are being fought by the South Yorksire police authority.

Members of the authority want to retain the current air support and have rejected Home Office plans to install a National Police Air Support (NPAS) service.

The NPAS would see 23 aircraft operating from 20 bases around the country. The nearest helicopters for South Yorkshire are planned to be based in Derbyshire, Humberside and West Yorkshire.

The Police Authority has now requested further information from NPAS on how they will serve South Yorkshire.

Charles Perryman, chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “We want a Police helicopter to be based in South Yorkshire to maintain an effective and resilient air support for the county.

“We require reassurances from Government that the national scheme will not reduce services to the county.

“Despite repeated requests for additional information from the National Police Air Support team, nothing has been received.

“The helicopter strengthens the force’s ability to reduce crime.”

A dedicated website on the Authority’s campaign to secure a police helicopter service for South Yorkshire has been launched. For more information go to