Work starts on town’s new policing base

An artist's impression of Blackpool new police headquarters

An artist's impression of Blackpool new police headquarters

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Construction work has begun on the creation of a new, state-of-the-art police headquarters in Blackpool.

Contractors have moved onto the former Progress House site on Clifton Road, which will replace Bonny Street Police Station when it is complete in 2018.

The new building will be the headquarters for the county’s West Division, which covers Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe.

Close to the M55, the building will provide a base for some of the local policing and immediate response teams as well as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells. It will also house a range of specialist teams serving the whole of the division.

Chief Supt Stuart Noble, Divisional Commander for Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, said: “This is a milestone moment for policing in Blackpool – one which we feel will ultimately help us to provide a better quality of service to the public.

“Once complete the new building will see a massive improvement to our working environment, providing vital support to officers and staff who deliver frontline services to keep the area safe.”