Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Work starts on new Sheffield police custody building

The new custody building Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption The new facility on Shepcote Lane will contain 50 cells.

Work has started on a new £19m police custody building containing 50 cells in South Yorkshire.

The facility on Shepcote Lane in Sheffield will replace three custody suites in the city and one in Rotherham.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police are to work alongside health and social services staff in the building.

Chief Constable David Crompton said the new building will help save the force more than £1m a year.

"Replacing outdated custody suites with one purpose-built centre will enable us to save approximately £1.2m a year," he said.

The savings are to come from a reduction in staffing and energy efficiencies, he added.

The centre is expected be ready in spring 2016.

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