North East Wales

Wrexham police station faces demolition by 2016

Wrexham high rise police station is a landmark in the town centre
Image caption The police station and swimming baths dominate Wrexham skyline

Wrexham's tower block police station could be demolished within two years to make way for new facilities.

A public notice has been put up in the shadow of the 1970s concrete building outlining the intention to flatten it by August 2016.

Last year, North Wales Police announced it wanted to build a new custody suite and offices at nearby Llay.

But plans for any redevelopment of the town centre site have yet to submitted, according to Wrexham council.

The police said last October they had wanted to move most of their facilities to a new site opposite the Sharp factory at Llay Industrial Estate.

They are also looking for a base in the town centre.

In a statement, North Wales Police said: "The application to demolish the police divisional headquarters at Bodhyfryd, Wrexham, is out to public consultation and has yet to be submitted to the council.

"Plans are on course to relocate to new divisional headquarters on the Llay Industrial Estate in 2016 and the application, if approved, will allow the option for demolition work on the Bodhyfryd site to begin from August 2016.

"In addition to the new area headquarters North Wales Police will open a new police station in the town centre.

"The new facility will enable the Wrexham policing team including response, police community support officers, the neighbourhood team and a front counter service for the public to remain in the town centre."

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