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North Yorkshire Police HQ to become outdoor education centre

Newby Wiske Hall Image copyright North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

The headquarters of North Yorkshire Police is to be turned into an outdoor education centre, it has been announced.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan confirmed the Grade II-listed Newby Wiske Hall has been sold to PGL Adventure Holidays.

The force is due to complete a £7m move to its new HQ at Alverton Court, Northallerton, this summer.

Miss Mulligan did not reveal how much the hall was sold for.

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She said: "Newby Wiske Hall and its grounds are beautiful - but as a listed former stately home in a relatively remote rural location, it's not what's needed in this day and age and is expensive to run.

"There is, of course, some sadness to be leaving our home of some 40 years, but our new HQ in central Northallerton will save money over the longer term and help us modernise the way we work, ultimately improving the service to our communities."

PGL plans to turn the building and grounds into a centre providing educational activity courses for schools and young people, creating about 100 jobs.

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