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