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Plane spotters urged to join scheme to help cops

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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AVIATION enthusiasts are being asked to join a new ‘Airport Watch’ scheme at East Midlands Airport.

The scheme will work in the same way as Neighbourhood Watch – encouraging regular visitors to the airport to look out for suspicious behaviour and to share anything they think is out of the ordinary with each other and the police.

Similar schemes run very successfully at other airports because airports attract plane spotters, aviation enthusiasts and dog walkers who are regular visitors and who would notice if anything seemed unusual or out of the ordinary.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police, which oversees policing at the airport, said: “Airport Watch is our latest scheme to encourage members of the public to be our eyes and ears when they are on or around the airport site.

“It links in with Project Griffin, which is aimed primarily at businesses, in and around the airport and together both schemes should give people the confidence to take an active role in communicating with us.

“The scheme is easy to join and we’d like to encourage as many members of the aviation community to sign up as possible.

“We hope people will welcome the opportunity to enjoy their aviation-related hobbies while providing an invaluable service to the airport and police.”

Airport Watch members will be given photographic identification and have a direct line of communication between the airport authorities and the airport police.

More information is available by emailing rachel.hinton@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk or calling 101.

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