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Cambridgeshire Constabulary launch consultation to replace 'outdated' Parkside police station

Parkside was built in the 1960s Credit: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Plans to replace the police station in Cambridge city centre have been announced, with the current one labelled "outdated" by the force.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are proposing to replace the current station on Parkside with a new station in the city, as well as a 'Police Hub' in Milton.

The force said one of Parkside's major issues is a lack of cells, meaning detainees need to be transported to Peterborough or King's Lynn when they are full.

The hub would allow officers to spend more time on the streets, as they will not be tied up transporting suspects, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

A statement from the force said: "Cambridgeshire Constabulary is to hold a consultation on the principle of enhancing its service for the south of Cambridgeshire by replacing its outdated facilities at Parkside Police Station with both a new city centre police station and a police hub on the outskirts of Cambridge."

A new city centre station was not included in the original proposals, but several respondents to a previous consultations said they wanted a police presence in the city to be maintained.

If built, it will provide a base for the city's community policing team, as well as a place for people to report crime.

"The nature of crime has changed a lot since the Parkside station opened. We no longer have the capacity in our cells to quickly process criminals and we cannot fully meet the demands of the growing population of Cambridgeshire with the facilities that are currently available.

"We have the opportunity here to improve our service through facilities that meet the demands of modern policing. This consultation is about making sure the people of Cambridgeshire are given the opportunity to have their say on the future of their police service."

– Chief Constable Nick Dean

The consultation will begin at 9am on Saturday, 1 February and last throughout the month.

Alongside public information sessions across the county, residents can respond online at www.cambspoliceconsultation.co.uk