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Bilston's new police station is set to be opened later

A new police station will be officially unveiled later on Friday.

Bilston Police Station, on Railway Street, will be opened by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Chris Sims.

The new three-storey building replaces the 170-year-old police station on Mount Pleasant after it was deemed no longer fit for purpose.

A police spokesman said paperwork is currently being drawn-up to put the old station up for sale in the spring.

Around 70 staff have already made the transition into the new building, including officers and PCSOs from the Bilston East, Bilston North, Ettingshall, Spring Vale and Blakenhall neighbourhood policing teams.

'A hit with staff'

Insp Peter Haywood said: "The building's central location, modern facilities and transportation links have made it a hit with staff, partners and community members alike.

"Officers have commented how the improved facilities, such as better equipped interview rooms and the station's close proximity to the main roads are more convenient for carrying out their day-to-day duties.

"The old Mount Pleasant police station will always have a place in our hearts, but when it comes to suitability for modern day neighbourhood policing, the new building is far superior."

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