Police and firefighters to share station

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POLICE officers in a North Yorkshire town are to move into their local fire station after bosses ruled that their current base was too big and expensive for them to use.

Boroughbridge police station will be sold by North Yorkshire Police and officers will move into the nearby fire station.

The move is the latest ‘co-location’ of staff by police forces in Yorkshire and the Humber, who are trying to save money by sharing buildings with other local agencies.

Humberside police and fire services say they will save £200,000 a year by running a shared vehicle and equipment workshop facility at Melton, East Yorkshire, rather than both having their own bases.

Boroughbridge police station, which is open by appointment only, was one of the several sites earmarked for possible sale by North Yorkshire Police as part of its 2008 estate strategy.