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South Norfolk police officers en route to the British Virgin Islands to help in the wake of Hurricane Irma

PUBLISHED: 11:36 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:06 10 September 2017

This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows boats clustered together after Hurricane Irma Friday. Picture  (Caribbean Buzz via AP)

This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows boats clustered together after Hurricane Irma Friday. Picture (Caribbean Buzz via AP)

Officers from South Norfolk police are en route to the British Virgin Islands to help with the recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Inspector Jason Selvarajah. Picture: Ian Burt Inspector Jason Selvarajah. Picture: Ian Burt

The National Police Chiefs Council tweeted: “British police officers to assist with recovery in the wake of Hurricane Irma.”

This was followed by Inspector Jason Selvarajah, who said on Twitter: “I’m proud that officers from @SouthNorfPolice are en route to British Virgin Islands to assist with recovery in the wake of hurricane #Irma.”

He added that they were “specialist officers to support local efforts, therefore unarmed”.

Hurricane Irma has regained strength as it closes in on the Florida Keys today.

The hurricane re-strengthened to category four status with maximum sustained winds near 130mph.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Irma was expected to gain a little more strength as it moved through the Straits of Florida and remain a powerful hurricane as it approached Florida.

Tens of thousands of people huddling in shelters watched for updates as the storm swung to the west, now potentially sparing Tampa as well as Miami the catastrophic head-on blow forecasters had been warning about for days.

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