Images of controversial new custody suite in Salfords released just two months before it opens for business.
A new purpose-built police custody suite near Redhill is taking shape and is scheduled to be in operation later this year.
The 24-cell building is being constructed in an industrial unit at the IO Centre in Salbrook Road, Salfords, to replace 12 outdated cells at Reigate police station.
Surrey Police plans to have the new facility up and running in November following a community open day giving local people the chance to look around before it goes into use.
The controversial scheme was approved upon appeal by the Planning Inspectorate in 2011 after Reigate & Banstead Borough Council refused plans for a 30-cell suite. Local residents and neighbours opposed the plans along with Reigate MP Crispin Blunt.
But this week Chief Superintendent Gavin Stephens released the first photos from inside the custody suite when he posted images on Twitter following a visit to the site.
He wrote: â€œOne of the cell corridors taking shape. Thereâ€™ll be 24 cells opening in early November.â€
The suite, which will serve east Surrey, completes a network of Surrey Police custody centres spread across the county â€“ others being in Guildford, Woking and Staines â€“ meaning officers who make an arrest can return to frontline duties more quickly without having to travel so far.
Superintendent Ali Barlow told Get Surrey: â€œThe building work at Salfords is progressing well with the new custody suite well on track to be opened at the beginning of November.
â€œWe are extremely pleased with how it is taking shape and would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst the building work has been under way.
â€œShortly, we will be releasing details of an open day event when we will be inviting the local community to come along and view the centre before its doors open for official business.â€
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