£3m police station opens in Devonport

A police station has opened in Devon at a cost of more than £3m, six years after it was given the go-ahead.

The Devonport station will not have an enquiry office, and will only be open to the public by appointment.

It replaces offices, described as "disjointed", in Marlborough Street which had originally been a bank when it was built in the 1950s.

The three-storey station will house nearly 150 Devon and Cornwall police staff in Devonport.

Mike Bull, chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, said: "We've had to rationalise the station enquiry office as part of the £50m cuts we've had to face.

"The public can make appointments to see police officers here if needs be."

Chief Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith said: "Marlborough Street just wasn't fit for purpose. It provided us with poor quality and disjointed accommodation.

"The officers at Devonport have waited a long time for the new station."

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