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New West Midlands Police station opened in Sandwell

New police station
Image caption The station is open to the public 24 hours a day

A new headquarters for police in Sandwell has been opened.

The station in West Bromwich replaces the old building, which will be demolished to make way for a Tesco supermarket.

West Midlands Police said the supermarket chain funded the station's relocation to Moor Street.

The force's Chief Constable Chris Sims was at the opening of the new station, which is open to the public 24 hours a day.

Sandwell police commander, Ch Supt Mark Robinson, said: "We have a fabulous building from which to continue to deliver a quality service to the community of Sandwell.

"Any change in police station location has the potential to impact upon operational delivery," he said.

"However my team and I are confident the move went smoothly and brought some of our key teams together under the same roof, which will allow for even better leadership and direction on a daily basis."

Councillor Derek Rowley, Sandwell Council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, described it as another "21st Century landmark for the new-look West Bromwich town centre".

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