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Millgarth police station

Millgarth police station

Officers will leave the former Leeds police headquarters for the last time next week before it is demolished to make way for a shopping development.

Neighbourhood police will move from Millgarth police station to the former Leeds Bridewell custody suite, next to Leeds Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday.

They are the last operation officers still working at Millgarth, which has been at the centre of some of the most high-profile investigations of the last four decades, including the Yorkshire Ripper inquiry.

The station was sold to Leeds City Council and is being pulled down as part of the Victoria Gate retail project.

Its public counter will shut permanently at 6pm on Wednesday. The counter at the new station will be open from 8am to 4pm on Tuesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 6, and will be open every day from 8am to 10pm from Thursday, August 7.

The new multi-million pound police station at Elland Road, which opened in April, now acts as the headquarters for the city’s police.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, commander of Leeds police, said: “Architecturally speaking Millgarth may not have been one the prettiest buildings Leeds has to offer but and I am sure there will be many officers and staff with fond memories of their time working from there.

“The Leeds skyline has changed dramatically over the last few years with a number of key developments taking the city forward and the move from Millgarth is part of that ongoing evolution of the city centre.”

He said it was important for police to retain a base in the centre of Leeds that was accessible to the public.

“The old Leeds Bridewell is no longer used as a police custody suite and was identified as the ideal location to relocate the city team to with negligible cost,” he said.

“I can assure people it will be very much business as usual and there will be absolutely no change to the policing of the city centre.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “Following the move to Elland Road it is important to retain a city centre base for neighbourhood policing officers.

“It is vital that members of the public have central access to the police in order to keep our communities safe and feeling safe, as well as providing increased visibility and ease of working for the City NPT which was always the intention.”

 

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