Police replace old station with hub in centre of town

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital after an assault in Banbury on Monday, July 20.
A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital after an assault in Banbury on Monday, July 20.

A new ‘police hub’ is opening in Flitwick to replace the old Ampthill Police Station.

The hub, which will be in The Hawthorns, will open in August, and will be a base for police officers, PCSOs and volunteer Special Constables, and is hoped to be more accessible to people than the Woburn Street site on the outskirts of town.

Chief Inspector Gavin Hughes-Rowlands said: “The public can expect to receive a continued high level of service from us with the added bonus that we will be easier to access and in the area of highest demand.

“Flitwick has an expanding population, a busy train station and is an important commercial base and it makes absolute sense that we align our resources to meet the daily requirements of residents and partners.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said: “Our plans to protect frontline policing at a time of austerity include finding a six per cent reduction in estates costs to support greater investment in IT and mobile data used by officers.

“We need to ensure that our buildings are the right size, in the right place, and low cost. Hence the move to a more central base in Flitwick, which will help Bedfordshire Police better connect with the communities we serve.

“Ultimately properly equipped frontline police are more effective at protecting people and fighting crime than bricks and mortar.”