New £27m police station to open on North Tyneside

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The new station stretches over three floors

A new £27m police station is about to open on North Tyneside.

The building, on Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, will be the base for up to 300 officers and staff and has a custody suite consisting of 40 cells.

It is the first new station to be built by Northumbria Police Authority for Northumbria Police in 10 years.

Stretching over three floors, the building features a glazed concourse, open-plan offices and environmentally-friendly heating.

Work began on the site in April 2009, with staff due to move in on 8 November.

Mick Henry, who chairs Northumbria Police Authority, said: "Part of our role is to provide the resources Northumbria Police needs to do a good job and fight crime and that includes buildings.

"The state-of-the-art facility means that policing services can be brought together under one roof, improving efficiencies."

Sue Sim, temporary Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, added: "Although housing lots of specialist teams, for local people this is their local police station that will be open 24 four hours a day, all year round."

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