Hull's Queens Gardens police HQ to close in days

Queens Gardens police station
Image caption The station has been the HQ of police in Hull for more than 50 years

Hull's Queens Gardens Police Station will close its doors to the public this month, it has been announced.

The building has been replaced by a new city centre station on Osborne Street and a £32m divisional headquarters on the outskirts of the city.

Matthew Grove, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, said Queens Gardens had "reached the end of its life."

The building, which is being sold by the force, will close to the public at 19:00 GMT on 17 March.

Some operational staff will continue to use the building until it is sold.

The Osborne Street Police Station, near Ferensway, will house the Riverside Neighbourhood Policing Team, licensing officers and a 24-hour enquiry desk.

All other staff are to be based at the new divisional headquarters on Clough Road.

A temporary telephone line is being installed at Queens Gardens, which members of the public can use if they turn up at the station after 17 March unaware that is has closed.

Ch Insp Rich Kirven said: "It will be an historic day and quite a sad day in some respects when Queens Gardens closes for good, as it has been an excellent base for policing in the city for many years."

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