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Armed police are being deployed to more incidents in Wiltshire but down from a decade prior, figures reveal.

Home Office data shows Wiltshire Police conducted 104 armed operations in the year to March.

This was up 1 per cent from 2018-19, when there were 103 firearms operations, but down 32 per cent compared to a decade ago

Meanwhile, the number of armed officers in the force rose from 53 to 54 over the period.

A decade earlier, there were 69 armed officers in Wiltshire's ranks.

However across England and Wales, where the number of firearms officers fell 2 per cent to 6,518 by March 31, ending a three-year upward trend.

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