Get on Board for the Fight against Crime

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

Modern police dive van unveiled

Marine police have revealed their latest tool in the fight to control crime on the region's waterways.

A state-of-the-art dive van costing u90,000 is ready to join Northumbria Police's newly-revamped fleet of boats.

Police have spent the winter upgrading the fleet so they are ship shape for the unit's busiest time of year, which will kick off with the Easter weekend.

Northumbria Police's Marine Unit, based at Viking Park, Jarrow, provides diving and marine support for the sea and rivers from Northumberland down to Durham and Cleveland.

The fleet of boats, seen here in action on the River Tyne yesterday, are used for everything from searching for missing people to launching counter-terrorism operations.

Insp John Watts, of the Marine Unit, said: "We've spent the winter getting the fleet upgraded and renovated for the Easter weekend, when people traditionally start using their boats.

"It obviously depends on where we are diving as to whether we dive from a boat or use the van as a base to work from.

"The new van is far more modern than its predecessor and has been custom-built so it is a lot more user-friendly. …

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