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Hampshire Police Marine Unit provide lots of ideas for new DI Andy Horton crime novel

Pauline Rowson with Marine PoliceMy fictional detective, DI Andy Horton, is based in the Solent  area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. he is often accompanied on his investigations by the  Hampshire police marine  - Sergeant Dai Elkins and PC Ripley - so it was with interest and pleasure that I was able to introduce real police officers from the team of the Hampshire Marine Police Unit at the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Conference on Saturday 21 April 2012.

PCs Kerry Murray and Matt Gransden entertained crime writers from the CWA and provided a fascinating and informative talk about the splendid work they do. They gave me plenty of ideas not only for plots for future DI Andy Horton crime novels but also for characters!

The Solent is the busiest waterway in Europe and one of the busiest in the world with around one million commercial and Naval shipping movements per year and in excess of 10 million pleasure craft movements per year.

PC Kerry Murray and PC Matt Gransden talked about the police marine team and the work they do which includes counter terrorism patrols, the reduction and detection of marine crime, investigation of marine incidents and fatalities, policing large events, supporting the UK Border Agency, Coastguard, and Harbour Authorities and responsibility for countering serious and organised crime and preventing child abduction.

The unit consists of one Sergeant and nine PCs, policing with three semi displacement launches covering an area that stretches from Dorset to Sussex and out to 12 miles offshore. 

You can follow the Hampshire Police Marine Unit on Twitter @HantspolMarine

APRIL 23RD, 2012 @ 6:14:48 BST

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