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CALLS have been made for a review of marine policing before any budget cuts are made to the service.

As reported, Hampshire Constabulary’s marine unit is facing seeing its budget halved by central government.

The county’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes says he fears this could threaten the unit’s existence – and has called for a national review of marine policing before any money is cut.

Mr Hayes said: ‘This potential loss of funding causes me great concern.

‘A reduction in funding to this level would bring into serious question the future viability of the marine unit and would inevitably require a decision on whether we ask the Hampshire taxpayer to help subsidise the unit by making up the loss from general police budget, or cut the service.’

Mr Hayes said the unit had shown its value through its work in counter-terrorism operations, as well as through patrolling the Solent and policing high-profile events like Cowes Week and the America’s Cup World Series.

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