New home for West Wight police

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, March 13, 2014

 

WEST Wight police will move to a new office at Yarmouth Harbour this summer, paving the way for the closure of the town's police station.

A long lease has been signed with Yarmouth Harbour Commission, enabling the West Wight Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) to move from Yarmouth Police Station, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes announced this week.

Mr Hayes said the new Yarmouth Neighbourhood Police Office would ensure policing remained at the heart of the community.

"In June last year, I consulted with the population in Yarmouth regarding plans to relocate West Wight SNT. At that consultation, the public were reassured the team would remain in the heart of the community, with no change to the current service provision," he said.

"Police officers will continue to carry out patrols and meet members of the public and key partners regularly in various locations locally."

The SNT's Sgt Mark Lyth said: "There will be no change to the team make-up, structure or services we currently provide.

"We can't move in until we have security and IT issues organised and this is in hand. The old station will be sold in due course and this will result in that money being put back into frontline policing."

Harbourmaster Chris Lisher said: "There is a room in our offices, known as the board room, which has been let to the police. They intend to utilise it as a 'police office' rather than a 'police station.' They will fit it out to their own specifications.

"We hope their presence will be a help to the harbour, and our customers, and provide additional security for us."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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