Police earmark new base as ‘jewel in crown’ station set for fresh role

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HUMBERSIDE Police is looking to move out of its historic station in Beverley.

The 19th century station, a grade two star listed building, is next door to Sessions House, now a spa.

Assistant chief officer (support) Phil Goatley said the force had earmarked a new base for the neighbourhood policing team in the new £120m Flemingate development.

The Flemingate scheme includes an 80-bed Premier Inn, office accommodation, an independent cinema and retail giant Debenhams.

Mr Goatley said: “We have a site, we have an outline design for the building - it is much closer to the town centre and more prominent and much easier for operational reasons to get out to the hinterland.”

He said the force hoped to cover the cost of its replacment when it comes to selling the building, adding: “If there’s a jewel in our estate crown that’s possibly it.”

The building was built between 1804 and 1814. Sessions House, formerly the old magistrates’ court, which it is attached to, became the Sessions Spa seven years ago. East Riding Constabulary was formed in 1856, 20 years after Hull City Police Force. Beverley Borough Police force, which formed in 1836, merged with the constabulary in 1928 and further amalgamations led to the creation of Humberside Police in 1974.

Humberside Police confirmed that the station is currently not on the open market.