Police planes circling over Cardiff for several hours

Police aircraft were spotted circling overhead around Cardiff for several hours on Wednesday evening. Flight radar maps have shown the National Police Aircraft Service (NPAS) in the skies for hours, with one plane replacing another after an initial spell of them both being above the city.

The Vulcanair P.68R Victor aircraft travelled to the city from the Nottingham and Chester areas. NPAS provides all police forces in Wales with air support for a variety of tasks, including reconnaissance ahead of planned operations.

It uses state-of-the-art cameras whilst communicating directly with ground units and force control rooms, as they work together to "help keep communities safe". For the latest Cardiff news, sign up to our newsletter here.

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There is speculation that the reason for their presence over the Welsh capital this evening is in preparation for King Charles and Queen Camilla's visit on Thursday. The royals will visit the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to mark 25 years of devolution in Wales.

A police aircraft circling Cardiff
A police aircraft circling Cardiff -Credit:Flightradar24

The couple will be greeted by the Royal Welsh, primary school children from across Wales, as well as a civic line-up including Wales' presiding officer and the First Minister of Wales.

The National Police Air Service has been contacted for comment. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.