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Police to increase Bath presence after plans for new city centre station approved

Police officers on the beat in Bath. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police will increase their presence in Bath after plans for a larger, new station were approved by the force and local authority.

The police enquiry desk in Lewis House, Manvers Street, will be expanded to accommodate the neighbourhood policing team.

The One Stop Shop, which is run by Bath and North East Somerset Council, will continue to operate from the ground-floor of the building, but with a reduced footprint.

The new station will be based in this building in Manvers Street. Credit: ITV News West Country

I’m pleased that we can increase the neighbourhood policing presence in the heart of the city opposite the very site of the old police station.

While the policing resources for Bath have not changed I hope that residents will be reassured by our commitments to the city, thanks to the support of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

– Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner

The old police station in Manvers Street was sold to the University of Bath for £7million in December 2015.

Cllr Tim Warren, leader of the council, described the move as a “huge boost” for Bath.

This is a huge boost for our city. Ever since the closure of the old police station residents and businesses have been asking for an increase in local police presence to provide much-needed reassurance and to help keep our communities safe.

I am therefore delighted that we have been able to secure this move of the Bath neighbourhood policing team to Lewis House, providing local policing from the heart of our city.

– Cllr Tim Warren, leader of B&NES Council