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PCC CONFIRMS SALE OF LEIGHTON BUZZARD POLICE STATION
Leighton Buzzard police station has been sold to Central Bedfordshire Council for £930,000, as part of Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) - Kathryn Holloway’s plans to revolutionise policing in the town.
 
The sale of the police station, along with the co-location of police officers to the town’s Fire Station, are among new plans to bring visible policing back to Bedfordshire’s third largest town.
 
“I am absolutely delighted that this sale has gone ahead. From a policing point of view the station was in completely the wrong location in view of the way Leighton Buzzard and crime had developed,” said Commissioner Holloway.
 
“We will now have officers based right in the heart of the centre of the pubbing and clubbing culture, and right alongside the high street. Not only that, but I promised our third largest town that it would not be policed like a village, and that officers would not be tucked away out of sight but would be highly visible at the heart of the town.”
 
The new plans for policing in Leighton Buzzard were announced at a public meeting in the town earlier this year.  The Commissioner, along with the Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins, also announced an additional police sergeant and eight officers for the town, who started in the town this month as part of Operation Sentinel – the Force’s initiative to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour.
 
Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources, Cllr Richard Wenham, said: “Central Bedfordshire is purchasing the Police Station site in Leighton Buzzard. As a Council we have commitments both to the future regeneration of the town and to provide a wide range of services within it, so this strategically positioned site will have real advantages.”
 
These new developments are taking place following the decision by Central Bedfordshire Council to purchase Leighton Buzzard Police Station, whose future has been the subject of speculation for more than a decade, with the Police and Crime Panel reporting in 2013 that only 20% of the building was being used by police.
 
The council has agreed to let police continue to use the station until the move to the fire station can go ahead, following agreement by the Fire Authority and minor building work.
There are also plans to re-open an enquiry office in the town, based in the Ambulance Station on Bassett Road. Members of the public will be asked if they are willing to volunteer their time, assisting in the newly re-opened enquiry office.
 
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For further information or to request an interview with Kathryn Holloway, contact the OPCC press office by calling: 01234 842199/ 07712 418337 or email Julie.maddocks@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
 
Kathryn Holloway was elected Bedfordshire’s Police Crime Commissioner on 5 May 2016.  As the PCC she has a hands-on approach in order to understand the challenges faced by the police, and to help find practical solutions.  Kathryn spends time out on the frontline with Bedfordshire Police, in the custody suites and cells, accompanying officers on emergency response patrols and in the Night Time Economy vans, and attending 999 events across the county.
 
The Bedfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner Police and Crime Plan can be viewed at: www.bedspcc.org