FOUR new bespoke police aeroplanes could soon be operating over Dorset.

The aircraft are being added to the existing national fleet of police helicopters, which are used by 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Flying out of a custom-built base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the fleet of new planes will travel the length and breadth of the country and respond to the same range of tasks as the helicopters.

However, with faster flying speeds and greater endurance times, the planes will increase attendance rates to some of the more remote areas of the country, police say.

Ian Vause, assistant operations director for the National Police Air Service said: "Providing a unique aerial view to police officers on the ground, the addition of aeroplanes to the National Police Air Service helicopter fleet has already boosted our ability to respond to policing needs across the UK.

“Supporting the location of suspects and vehicles, of vulnerable missing people and the policing ‘command and control’ of large public gatherings, such as sports matches and other events, air support is a vital tool in combatting crime and disorder and keeping people safe.

“We save local police time when it really matters and I am delighted to be able to do this more often and in more locations through the addition of this new arm to our fleet.”

Two of the four planes are already certificated to fly on task and have responded to 100 tasks across the UK in the last two months.