NEWLY REFURBISHED ROSS-ON-WYE POLICE STATION OFFICIALLY OPENED
AND WE TAKE A LOOK INSIDE THE DETENTION BLOCK
refurbishment programme for the Police Station in Ross-on-Wye
is now complete and an official opening ceremony took place
on Thursday, 18th June. The station now benefits from a
new, more user friendly front counter suite, a sound proofed
interview room and a new detention zone.
opening was performed by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John
Edwards, who was delighted with the new look of the station.
Before cutting the ribbon, Councillor Edwards said that
he was very pleased with the performance of the Ross Policing
Team, especially over the last 18 months during which there
has been a significant reduction in antisocial behaviour
in the town.
Bernard Hunt, Chair of the Herefordshire Policing Board
and member of the West Mercia Police Authority, said, 'This
is just the latest in a number of buildings projects around
the county and the force area which will enable West Mercia
Police to provide an even better service to its local communities.'
Mr. Paul Deneen DL, Chair of the Police Authority commented,
'These excellent new facilities show the commitment by the
Police Authority to provide the best possible environment
in which to conduct business and demonstrate that the mission
statement of West Mercia truly is 'Serving, Protecting and
Making The Difference.'
below the news video >>>
newly refurbished Police Station opening - Tina interviews the police
and visiting dignitaries.
at the police station include a much larger and brighter
front counter area for both callers and staff, together
with a revamped and greatly improved custody suite area
which will allow local officers to deal with prisoners,
not expected to be detained for longer than 6 hours, at
Ross rather than make the current journey to and from the
main custody suite at Leominster. This will allow officers
to remain at Ross and deal with persons arrested in a quicker
and more efficient manner, thereby speeding up the process
of administering justice.
delighted Supt Kevin Purcell, Head of Policing Operations
was present and said, 'This is a fantastic facility and
we are very grateful to the Police Authority and people
of West Mercia for providing it. We will ensure we use it
to good effect and obtain best value from it.'
the refurbishment period, Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club had kindly
allowed the staff of Ross Police Station to use their car
park. To show their appreciation of this, Inspector McLaughlin
presented the Captain and the President of Ross Bowling
Club with a bench, so that spectators of the club's matches
might view the proceedings in comfort.
were delighted to be invited to the opening and took the
opportunity to talk to Mrs. Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL, Inspector
McLaughlin and others present about their views on the new
look Ross-on-Wye Police Station for WNTV News.
Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards cuts the ribbon to officially
open the newly refurbished Ross Police Station.
CSO Paul Leighton show us this hi-tech machine that will reveal
if a person is still under the influence of drink or drugs.
Superintendant Kevin Purcell 'arrests' Mayor Edwards and Mrs. Joyce
Thomas MBE-DL in the new cell.
Back row: Paul Deneen, DL, Superintendant Purcell, Councillor Bernard
Front row: Cpatian of Ross Bowling Club, with Inspector McLaughlin
and the President of Ross Bowling Club, John Perks.
Ross Policing Team making sure these three shady characters don't
nick the bench! (only joking)