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EMERGENCY services are asking four-wheel drive vehicle owners to come forward and help communities this winter.

Motorists with experience of driving in extreme or challenging weather conditions are being sought by Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire County Council who officially launched the new 4x4 Volunteers scheme yesterday.

Sergeant Phil Lamb, from the Police Support Volunteer Scheme, who has helped establish it, said: ‘It is difficult to say exactly how much time you’ll need to give up to the cause, but volunteers will be asked to come and help during times of critical need such as extreme weather.

‘If we have another winter like last year, with a repeat of the extreme ice and snow conditions, our resources will be severely stretched, and that is when drivers will be put to good use helping out those in need and transporting vulnerable members of our community.’

Anyone interested can e-mail hq.volunteers@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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