Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

£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

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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