Final staff leave town’s police station

Castleford Police Station
Castleford Police Station

Helpdesk staff at Castleford police station have moved out of Jessop Street – signalling the end of an era for the building.

The remaining employees left the site this week to permanently join the neighbourhood policing team and the fire service at Beancroft Road.

There will be no front counter service at the ‘blue light’ complex but residents will be able to contact officers by telephone or at meeting points across Castleford.

Ch Insp Phil Wright of Wakefield Police, said: “We are continuing to modernise policing facilities in the district as we seek to deliver the best possible service to our communities.

“With the move of police staff to the new station, the old station on Jessop Street has largely been empty for a number of months and public perception has been that the building has been closed for some time.

“In truth, the building has been used infrequently by members of the public for some time who choose to access their local police officers in a number of different ways.”

Ch Insp Wright said the building is “antiquated” and in light of the running costs, it made sense to move staff under one roof.

He added: “While a full public counter will not be available at the shared police and fire station, staff and police officers will contactable and able to attend to speak face to face with residents when needed.”

Police chiefs announced plans last year to close inquiry desks at Castleford and Pontefract as part of cost cutting measures.

The decision came after a survey found eight out of ten people in West Yorkshire had not visited a front desk over a 12 month period.

Ch Sup Andy Battle said: “Full helpdesks remain in operation in the district’s primary police stations and the new Normanton building will also have a full helpdesk when it opens to replace Wood Street.

“By maintaining these services and increasing the number of contact points we are doing all we can in these financially straightened times to make the best use of our resources and keep policing firmly where it belongs.”

The Jessop Street station is owned by the force and is likely to be sold.

New police contact points are being created in Castleford town centre to accompany those at Queens Mill on Thursday, Asda on Wednesday and the Hut in Airedale on Friday.

A new contact point in the WDH Service Access Point on Carlton Street is also due to open soon.

To make an appointment with Castleford neighbourhood policing team, ring 101.