Police team to move to new hub

New multi-million pound police hub at Normanton.
New multi-million pound police hub at Normanton.

Officers and staff from Featherstone neighbourhood policing team (NPT) will start moving into a new multi-million pound headquarters next week.

The community squad will join Wakefield division’s CID team at the Normanton hub on Havertop Lane, which boasts a 35-cell custody suite and a public enquiry counter.

The Wakefield Divisional Headquarters is one of three private finance initiative projects which police chiefs say will provide new facilities for policing teams in the county and replace old and outdated stations.

Wakefield district commander, Ch Sup Andy Battle said: “We have been working out of some of the oldest police buildings in the country in Wakefield district, with some facilities dating back to 1880.

“Unfortunately a number of these buildings are just no longer fit for purpose and are becoming increasingly costly for the force in terms of maintenance and repair.

“This new divisional headquarters will be very energy efficient and will provide a single, more effective, custody site for the whole district, replacing the two current sites at Wakefield and Pontefract, which simply did not meet the future needs of the force.”

Pontefract NPT moved in with the fire service at Stumpcross Lane last year but still has a public help desk at Sessions House Yard.

Castleford NPT moved to the fire brigade’s home at Beancroft Road in April. Its public counter at the former Jessop Street station closed earlier this month and the building is likely to be sold.

New police contact points are being created in the town centre to accompany those already in place. The district’s other six NPTs will remain based in their communities.

Nigel Brook, assistant chief officer, said: “By reducing the number of buildings we own and replacing old and inefficient buildings, we will save money in the longer term.

“By bringing key policing teams and support functions together under one roof this will ensure officers and staff can work more effectively together to the benefit of the public.”