Shropshire

Market Drayton: Town's new police station opens

The new station. Photo: West Mercia Police
Image caption The station has been built on the same land as the old one

A new police station, designed to reduce energy costs, has opened in north Shropshire.

The station was built on the same land as its predecessor, on Salisbury Road, in Market Drayton.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said demolition work had started on the old station which was built in the 1930s.

The old station remained open throughout the construction work, which started in August 2010, but has now been closed.

'Truly accessible'

A police spokesman said the station was built to offer improved facilities to the public and staff, and reduce the force's carbon footprint and energy bills.

The station has been built with sustainable materials, solar panels, and a "green roof" constructed to encourage plant growth.

Ch Insp Martin Whitelegg said: "I'm pleased to say the station has opened on time and will provide a fantastic new facility for the people of Market Drayton as well as our officers and staff.

"The front counter is up-to-date and truly accessible to all members of the community, something the old station never achieved."

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