£3m plan for 20-cell Isle of Man custody block

Lord Street police station, Isle of Man The custody block in Lord Street will be replaced, freeing up the site for development

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Plans to build a 20-cell custody block at police headquarters in the Isle of Man capital will cost about £3m, says the Manx government.

The home affairs department has applied to replace the existing 40-year-old facility, which consists of 10 cells.

If approved, work will begin in spring and it could be operational by 2015.

Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson said: "The new block has become necessary to meet the ever more stringent demands of safer detention."

He added: "The current facilities have become increasingly unfit for purpose."

If the plans are approved, the existing custody block in Lord Street will be replaced, freeing up the site for development.

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