Plan for new Cleveland Police headquarters approved

Plans for a new multimillion-pound headquarters for Cleveland Police have been approved by the area's police and crime commissioner.

Barry Coppinger said the force's current base at Ladgate Lane in Middlesbrough was too expensive to run.

A new 5,000 sq ft "Community Hub" will be built at nearby Hemlington Grange and is due to be completed in 2016.

The new site will be funded by the sale of the current headquarters, which have been in use since the 1970s.

Mr Coppinger said at least £200,000 a year would be saved by moving out of the Ladgate Lane building.

Some services are to be shared with the neighbouring North Yorkshire Police, prompting that force to scrap plans it had for a new £18m headquarters near Thirsk.

Mr Coppinger said that in addition to sharing accommodation, it was also their intention "to look at developing collaborative options for the provision of some operational policing services", along the Cleveland/North Yorkshire border.

Frontline policing budgets will not be affected, he said.

Cleveland's Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer added: "Even in challenging times, it's important that we invest in new technology and infrastructure so that we can achieve savings and deliver a better service in the longer term."

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