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Work underway on Middlemoor development

Preparation work is underway for the development of the new criminal justice centre at Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters, Middlemoor, Exeter.

The Cotswold Achaeology time tack a break from one of the trenchs
The Cotswold Achaeology time tack a break from one of the trenchs

A team from Cotswold Archaeology is on site for the next two weeks carrying out investigative work to establish if there is anything beneath the soil which will hinder the project's progress.

A number of trenches have already been excavated on the site which has been used as a football pitch for many years but, it is believed, had previously been a market garden.

So far, other than a few pieces of clay pipe and a Georgian coin, there have been very few finds.

The centre will eventually provide Exeter with a modern police station, custody centre and additional offices.

It will be a replacement for the existing outdated facility in Heavitree Road.

"The geophysical survey suggests there shouldn't be any surprises under the surface but, in a city like Exeter, which has a rich history and where there are often archaeological finds, it is important that we do things properly," said Duncan Walton, chief executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.