Concern over UK maritime surveillance

Local MP expresses frustration.

Home Office decision to end UK maritime surveillance at Bournemouth Airport is “mad”, says MP

Toby Wadey

CUTS to the UK’s maritime surveillance capability, which targets drug traffickers and arms smugglers, have been described as “mad” by an MP.

Christchurch MP Chris Chope has hit out at the government after it terminated a £4million contract with Hurn-based Cobham, which comes despite a £2billion injection into defence spending following the Paris terror attacks.

The aviation firm’s agreement, which sees its team of experts and sophisticated surveillance technology feed crucial information to the Border Force, will end on January 6.

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