Cambridgeshire

Wisbech redundant courthouse 'could become film set'

Interior, Wisbech courthouse
Image caption The redundant courtroom could offer film-makers an authentic location for trial scenes

A town's redundant courthouse could be given a new lease of life as the "perfect location" for a film set.

Wisbech courthouse, in Cambridgeshire, opened in 1957 and had been used as a magistrate's, Crown, coroner's and youth court before closing in 2011.

The Friends of Wisbech Courthouse now hope the preserved courtroom will prove popular with film-makers.

Spokesman Arbind Ray said the premises has a "ready-made in-house set to serve for any courtroom drama."

Other parts of Wisbech's Georgian architecture have regularly been used as a backdrop for film and period television dramas including the BBC's adaptation of David Copperfield and ITV's production of Micawber.

"It's the perfect location," said Mr Ray, who is also a writer, producer and director with film company First Impact Pictures.

"It's all dependent on it gaining support and so far no-one's opposed to it."

The Lynn Road building was one of 93 magistrates' courts across England and Wales closed by the Ministry of Justice.

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