OFFICERS from Sussex Police have flown to the British Virgin Islands to help after Hurricane Irma hit.

Five constables, one sergeant and one superintendent will help local police in the BVI to maintain law and general policing for an initial period of two weeks.

The officers, who flew out on Sunday, join 14 other forces from across the country who were requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and National Police Co-ordination Centre.

Katy Bourne, Sussex’s police and crime commissioner, praised the force, saying: “Hurricane Irma has created chaos and misery for the islanders and they want to be able to rebuild their shattered communities without the added fear of opportunistic crime.

“I am proud that the presence of the nine Surrey and Sussex police officers will play a key role in restoring public confidence, maintaining public order and supporting the clean up operation.”