A police Sergeant from Watford has flown out to the Caribbean to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Two Hertfordshire police officers arrived in the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday morning, along with 16 other officers from the Eastern Region, to offer their support.

The Police Sergeant, based in Watford, and a Police Constable based in Hemel Hempstead, flew from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Saturday morning and arrived earlier today after a stopover in Barbados.

They were also joined by one officer from Bedfordshire Police and two Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers.

The officers will be sworn in as Special Constables by the local magistrate, granting them policing powers on the islands.

As well as supporting local police in helping maintain law and order, the officers will be assisting military and humanitarian efforts to help those who have been affected after 130mph winds ripped through the Caribbean.

A total of approximately 50 police officers from the UK have been posted to the Caribbean to help people in need in the wake of the most ferocious storm to hit the Atlantic in the last 10 years. They will be staying for a minimum of two weeks.