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Liverpool to get privately funded police station

A privately funded police station is due to open in Liverpool in the new year, it has been announced.

Merseyside Police will be opening a new station at a shop in St Johns Shopping Centre. The businesses will fund its rent for the next three years.

Liverpool Business Improvement District (BID), which represents 630 local firms, said it was the first such partnership in the country.

Ged Gibbons, chief executive of BID, said it would save taxpayers £50,000.

This comes from shopping centre owner Land Securities paying the set-up costs for the unit and businesses covering the rent, through Liverpool BID.

Ch Insp Louise Harrison, of Merseyside Police, said: "Although there have always been dedicated officers for the city centre, after speaking with residents and visitors we recognised that there was a need for a police base there, for easy reporting and a highly visible police presence."

The new unit will be open from Monday to Saturday, and house about five officers, Merseyside Police said.

Mr Gibbons added: "This is what can be achieved when public and private sector work together.

"It will save council taxpayers approximately £50,000 a year, while offering them a direct point of contact with police in the heart of Liverpool city centre for the first time in more than two years."

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