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Barnstaple’s new temporary police station at Seven Brethren is now officially open

The majority of the town’s police force has now relocated to the new £2m station at the former Barum Auto Parts showroom between Tesco Extra and the North Devon Leisure Centre.

The enquiries desk at Seven Brethren is now open to the public from 9am to 5pm (but closes for lunch between 1.15pm and 2pm). All visitors will be required to wear facemasks inside and use hand sanitizer before entering.

As well as the public facing enquiries desk, officers from the area’s response and neighbourhood teams, CID, domestic abuse unit, roads policing and armed response teams have already moved across to the new premises.

The station will also feature the very latest in temporary custody cells which are due to be installed towards the end of this year, when the Prisoner Handling Investigation Team will also move across. Until that time, all custody services will remain at the North Walk site.

The need for a new station came about after safety concerns were identified with the roof of the North Walk station which were not financially viable to repair.

PCC for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Alison Hernandez, whose office manages the police estate, said: “I’m delighted to see this new police station open to the public.  It is a fantastic facility that will provide a 21st Century working environment for our officers, staff and volunteers in North Devon – as well as offering a more modern enquiry office for members of the public.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the great teamwork to get the new station open so quickly after structural problems were identified with the former station at North Walk earlier this year. 

“The speed at which we have been able to identify a new premises, secure planning permission, fit-out the building and move staff across is testament to the hard work of everyone involved.

“This £2m investment will ensure that residents have the policing resources they require to keep North Devon one of the safest places to live in the country.”

Superintendent Toby Davies, LPA Commander for North and West Devon, said: “Despite the time pressures I am really pleased with what has been achieved with the new main Barnstaple Police Station.

“It is visible and accessible to the town and surrounding areas. We have been at the North Walk station for many years, so understandably it will take a little bit of time for everyone to get used to the new site.

“But from the perspective of a local resident you should not notice any difference with regards our policing service and we will continue to work hard in keeping this one of the safest areas in the country.”


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