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A look back to my time on board the police launch with Hampshire Police Marine Unit

OHeading across to Royal Clarence Marina on the police launchn this day last year (17 February 2016) I was privileged and delighted to spend the morning with Hampshire Police Marine Unit researching for Andy Horton crime novel number fourteen. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

I have a great deal of admiration for  the wonderful Hampshire Police Marine Unit.  They police one of the busiest stretches of water in Europe indeed in the World. And the marine unit features in my DI Andy Horton crime novelsFatal Catch, DI Andy Horton 12, is dedicated to Hampshire Police and the Marine Unit.

Police launch heading into Gunwharf QuaysDave, Billy, and Tim at the helm, met me and my husband (the photographer) at Gunwharf Quays on a chilly, dull but thankfully relatively calm February morning.  Gunwharf Quays is renamed in the Horton novels as Oyster Quays, but it is here that Andy Horton is often met by Sergeant Dai Elkins and PC Phil Ripley of the fictional marine unit and taken out in to the Solent or into the harbour on the police launch or RIB in the pursuit of solving a crime.

Heading up into Portsmouth HarbourWe travelled up Portsmouth Harbour so that I could see many of the locations already used in the Horton novels, namely the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth International Port, Fountain Lake, Tipner, and Rat Island, or Burrow Island to give it its correct name, which is one of the locations I am using in DI Andy Horton 14.

It was a fantastic morning. I gleaned so much from the guys and came away with my head spinning with so many more ideas for crime novels. Portsmouth Harbour and the adjoining harbours of Chichester and Langstone, the Solent, the Isle of Wight and Southampton Water make such a thrilling backdrop for my crime novels, it’s a vibrant diverse area with plenty of action for both of my heroes, Andy Horton and my former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik in Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo

Marines on exerciseAnd as if to prove this here is what I saw while on board the police launch touring the Portsmouth Naval Base – marines, on exercise or are they? Now where’s Art Marvik?

Pauline Rowson with Hants. Marine Police on board Preventer Portsmouth HarbourMy thanks to the Hampshire Police Marine Unit and in particular to Dave, Billy and Tim.

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FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017 @ 6:56:57 GMT

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