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New patrols set to make a splash
Police on jet-skis
Police say the machines will give them more flexibility
Police on jet-skis are to patrol the Tyne on the lookout for terror threats during Labour's Spring Conference.

Northumbria Police have taken delivery of two of the jet-skis, and one of their first tasks will be to monitor the river during the event.

The conference, Sage Gateshead, begins on 11 February.

The 1200cc injection machines can reach top speeds of 60mph and will also be used for general police patrols on the North East's rivers and coastline.

Sgt Rod Urquhart, of the force Marine Unit said: "At the moment we put officers on larger boats to carry out security checks on the rivers but we will now be able to do these on personal water crafts (PWC).

'Fast response'

"It gives us more flexibility and access to areas that the large craft are restricted from going to due to their size and draught.

"They will also be deployed as a fast response vessel to any suspicious incidents during the Labour Party Spring Conference."

As well as security patrols, the craft will be used to educate the public about the safe use of PWCs.

Sgt Urquhart said: "Jet-skis are rapidly becoming more popular with professional and recreational users but we are finding that we are having to deal with more complaints about them.

"By using PWC it will be easier to engage with jet-ski users as they can identify with the officers. This can only help prevent incidents and make our rivers and coastline a safer place for all to enjoy."





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