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Ipswich: New police station opens its doors

12:13 06 May 2014

New Police Station in Museum Street, Ipswich.

New Police Station in Museum Street, Ipswich.

The new town centre police station in Museum Street, Ipswich, has officially opened.

It replaces the Civic Drive police station which has been at the heart of policing in the town since the late 1960s.

The Museum Street station is the base for 70 staff, including the Central Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team.

It is also the main public access point for the police in the town centre – the front desk will be staffed from 8am to 8pm seven days a week and from 9am to 5pm on public holidays.

Supt Louisa Pepper, the senior officer at the station, welcomed the new start the buiulding represents.

She said: “We have been based in Civic Drive for many years and that building was very tired. The new station is much nearer the heart of the town and it will be much more accessible to members of the public.

“The old station was well-known and we do need to spread the word that we have moved here – but it is very easy to find and is right opposite the bus stop for the park and ride services.”

The opening hours have not changed with the move – outside these times the police control room can be contacted by calling 999.

Civic Drive has been largely empty since most of its work transferred to Landmark House on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate at the end of 2012; only part of the ground floor remained in use.

Once the police have finished clearing out the building it will be handed back to its original owner, the borough council, eventually allowing the site to be redeveloped.

6 comments

  • But doesn`t most crime happen between 8pm - 8am? And I hope if a path cyclist cycles by they are immediately detected and fined!

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    Supernova6

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Disappointed... I thought the police light would have been ABOVE the door... and bigger... oh well...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • panda that is just the tip of the iceberg - the council has also got to buy the property back from the police owing to a clause in the contract. I think it was along the lines of £600k but is subject to current market values so will no doubt be considerably more. So it has cost tax payers to move them from civic drive to museum street and will cost again when they hand the keys back. I guess shouldn't mention the £400k the police lost on a deal for land they bought for £2m and sold for £1.6m several years later having done nothing with it, or the "unknown" amount that Landmark House has cost. Perhaps Mr Passmore would like to step forward and tell us just how much Suffolk Police will cost Ipswich tax payers this year. I would ask a member of the police but i don't remember the last one i saw.

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • ...just have to "walk" then. Dictionary def: Move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once....

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    Sarky Sage

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Trouble is, nobody will be able to get to it, due to Museum Street always being clogged up with traffic that's being delayed by Graham Newman's "working well" traffic lights on Prince's Street.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Great news.police station lost in side street no parking near by, old building now empty but council tax still due on it .good old Suffolk council

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    pandy

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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