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THE region’s air ambulance, which uses two helicopters to provide a life-saving service to people in need, is on the look out for a new operator.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance confirmed this week it had terminated its contract with current operator Sterling Aviation with immediate effect.

Although a temporary solution has been found, the charity needs to find a permanent operator.

Deputy chief executive Steve Whitby said although the situation was regrettable, Anglia One and Two would continue to operate as usual.

He said: “Our first concern is, and always has been, the people of East Anglia and our priority is to make sure the people of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are well served by a high-quality air ambulance.

“Over the last 10 years, the East Anglian Air Ambulance has developed a reputation for delivering the best possible pre-hospital care to the people of the region and we have to ensure we continue to operate to the highest standards possible.”

He added: “We are now beginning to take the formal steps necessary to bring in a new operator and we will do this with the support of our key stakeholders.”

Bond Air Services will take on the service on an interim basis and has pledged to help the East of England NHS Ambulance Trust on the tender process before a new contact is awarded.