St Ives-based Magpas set to unveil plans for life after police helicopter

EMERGENCY care charity Magpas is set to unveil their plans to continue their flying service when the police helicopter is withdrawn later this month.

The future of the charity’s air service was put in doubt after Cambridgeshire police announced plans to join forces with Chiltern Air Support and other suppliers in favour of keeping the �3.9million-a-year helicopter, which Magpas currently use.

A spokesman said they would be prepared to make a statement at the end of March. She told The Hunts Post: “Although we cannot give you any details yet, we will be ensuring that our day and night time services will not be affected after the police helicopter is withdrawn.”

Chief executive Daryl Brown confirmed the charity was discussing with two partners to lease a helicopter last October, when Magpas was granted a licence to fly at night by the Civil Aviation Authority should they lose the police helicopter.

The St Ives-based organisation was looking for sponsors to pay for the �100,000 a month running costs of a leased helicopter - Magpas currently pay �250,000 a year to use the Cambridgeshire police vehicle.