Gloucester custody suite building work underway

An artists' impression of the new custody suite in Quedgeley, Gloucester Image copyright Gloucestershire PCC
Image caption The multi-million pound suite will replace cells in Gloucester and Cheltenham

Work to build a £12.4m custody suite to replace outdated police cells in Gloucestershire is under way.

The county's Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner began the work with a ground-breaking ceremony on the new site in Quedgeley, Gloucester.

It is planned that the new facility will replace cells in Gloucester and Cheltenham and be able to detain up to 50 people, with CCTV in every cell.

The force said the current cells were "only just fit for purpose".

A centralised location has been chosen as the way forward as 75% cent of all county arrests are made in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

It is planned to open by November 2014.

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