Dispute over new police HQ’s location

New multi-million pound police hub.
New multi-million pound police hub.
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A dispute over the location of a new multi-million pound policing hub reared its head at a meeting of full council last week.

Coun Graham Isherwood told the chamber the West Yorkshire Police divisional headquarters was in Featherstone and not Normanton.

Graham Isherwood

Graham Isherwood

Deputy leader Denise Jeffery agreed the facility, which now houses the town’s neighbourhood policing team and CID, was in Coun Isherwood’s ward.

He said: “For the final time, it isn’t in Normanton, it’s in Featherstone. So all the people who want to claim its in their ward want to be careful, or we’ll start saying The Hepworth (gallery) is in Featherstone.”

Coun Isherwood told the Express the police hub, which has a Normanton postcode, is within Featherstone’s parish boundaries.

Ch Sup Andy Battle of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The new headquarters sits just within the Featherstone ward boundary, right on the border of Normanton and Featherstone, but it has a Normanton postal address which is why it is often referred to in this way.

“However, I would stress that this facility has been built to serve the public of Wakefield district as a whole, regardless of its postcode.”