Police boxes set for comeback

The police boxes that were the inspiration for Dr Who's Tardis may be about to make a comeback in Kent.

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Police boxes back in Kent?

The police boxes that were the inspiration for Dr Who's Tardis may be about to make a comeback in Kent. They were introduced in the 1950s - before mobile phones and walkie talkies - to give police and public a direct link to the local police station.

Now a government think-tank wants to introduce similar 'skpe boxes' where people can talk face-to-face with an officer. David Johns reports, talking to Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes.

Kent's PCC backs Tardis-style police boxes

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes is backing Tardis-style police boxes as a way of tackling crime in the area.

The idea a modern version of the blue box, made famous as Dr Who's Time Machine, was dreamt up by the independent think tank, Policy Exchange.

Mrs Barnes says the "police pods" or "Skype in a box" could be located in supermarkets and people could communicate directly with police staff to report crimes or concerns.

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Could police boxes return to our High Streets?

Police box at Chatham's Historic Dockyard Credit: ITV Meridian

The police boxes that were the inspiration for Dr Who's Tardis may be about to make a comeback in Kent.

They were introduced in the 1950s - before mobile phones and walkie talkies - to give police and public a direct link to the local police station.

Now a government think-tank wants to introduce similar 'skpe boxes' where people can talk face-to-face with an officer.

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