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Former Leeds police HQ set to close ahead of demolition

Millgarth Police Station Image copyright Bill Henderson
Image caption The Millgarth police station will be replaced by a shopping centre, including a John Lewis store

The former Leeds police headquarters is set to close ahead of its demolition to make way for a shopping development.

The last unit based at Millgarth Police Station will move out next week.

The building, located next to the city's bus station and market, will be demolished as part of the £130m Victoria Gate retail development.

Officers covering the city centre will work out of the refurbished Bridewell station adjoining the city's magistrates' court.

Ch Supt Paul Money, Leeds district commander, said: "Millgarth has been earmarked for closure since planning began for our new purpose-built headquarters at Elland Road.

'Fond memories'

"Most of the building has lain unused since the move to Elland Road, which brought the majority of the district's key departments together under one roof.

"Architecturally speaking Millgarth may not have been one of the prettiest buildings Leeds has to offer but I am sure there will be many officers and staff with fond memories of their time working from there."

The site was bought by Leeds City Council and will house a John Lewis store, a shopping arcade and a 800-space multi-storey car park.

The new development is scheduled to open in autumn 2016.

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