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Specialized maritime police units of around ten forces in England will join Devon and Cornwall Police next month to protect world leaders from maritime threats.

Officers – some armed – will patrol the waters of Carbis Bay on the north Cornish coast during the G7 summit from June 11-13.

Sergeant Andrew Joyner of the Devon and Cornwall Police Marine and Diving Unit said there is a range of specialized equipment available to keep G7 leaders safe.

He said: “24 hours a day there will be ships on the water with a number of officers of varying skill.

“Some equipment allows us to stop ships if necessary.

“We are also able to protect a place and keep people away as best we can.

“We hope to be able to spot any problem well before it gets close to where someone might be causing a problem – and we’ll be able to investigate and see if it’s suspicious or if it’s. this is something that we should be concerned about and whether we can therefore respond and deal with it. “

Sky News joined the force’s naval officers and divers as they trained in Plymouth.

Sergeant Andrew Joyner of the Devon and Cornwall Police Marine and Diving Unit
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Sergeant Andrew Joyner is with the Devon and Cornwall Police Marine and Diving Unit

Divers have been practicing looking for suspicious objects underwater and are already searching in and around Carbis Bay.

PC Clarke Orchard is in charge of the Devon and Cornwall Police Kraken Project, an operation that targets maritime crime and terrorist threats.

He told Sky News that Cornwall’s local maritime community will play an important role in ensuring the safety of the G7: “The public is obviously our eyes and ears – so any information they have on any suspicious activity in and around the areas coastal and on any suspicious activity in and around maritime vessels – anything untoward would be appreciated.

“The big concerns for us are all the maritime vessels that are not normally there, if we have people directing people to vulnerable people …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 00:25:00