New £14m custody suite officially opened in Grimsby

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 6 Mar 2019

The new £14million Humberside Police custody suite in Grimsby will ensure bobbies are back on the beat faster and prisoners are kept safe.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter unveiled a plaque to officially open the new 36-cell custody suite and offices at Birchin Way, Grimsby today.

The most modern custody facility in the country was shown off and guests were told detainees will be processed much quicker that at the old custody suite on Victoria Street, Grimsby.

A total of 170 police officers will work at the facility, which was built by contractors Willmott Dixon.

Opening of Humberside Police new custody suite in Grimsby 

Three new sergeants and 18 constables will provide custody services at the site of the former Bass brewery, which was built within a year.

It was hailed as providing a much faster track facility for detainees from the Scunthorpe and Grimsby areas.

The first prisoners are due to arrive tomorrow from the Scunthorpe area and detainees from the Grimsby area will be processed from next week.   

Chief Constable Lee Freeman said: "Birchin Way custody facility will replace the old custody facilities at Scunthorpe and Grimsby. It is a major development for Humberside Police, the local area and I hope demonstrates again through actions that The Force has a long-term view on ensuring both our North and South Bank communities see our investment in their area."

He added: "Many individuals who come into a custody facility are vulnerable. This development will help us to make sure they are in a safe, accessible space with on-site medical facilities."

The new Humberside Police Custody Suite on Birchin Way, Grimsby (Image: Jon Corken/GrimsbyLive)

He said prisoners will be processed quickly so that officers can get back on patrol far quicker than they do at present.

The force's Major Incident Team and investigations teams are already working from the new facilities in upstairs offices.

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said the opening of the new custody suite is the first part of an investment in new buildings.

"What it represents is an investment in West Marsh, in Grimsby, in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire and the South Bank. It shows Humberside Police is not going to stand still and shows the Force is as good as it can be. We will not stop trying to deliver the best police service in the future. This is a huge step in that line."

Chief Inspector Andy Maultby led guided tours of the facility with Inspector Liam Clorley.


The official opening of the Humberside Police custody suite on Birchin Way in Grimsby. Chief Inspector Andy Maultby (Image: Jon Corken/Grimsby Live)

The custody suite has state-of-the-art equipment including finger print and "Tread Finder" technology which enables officers to link a defendant to a crime or rule them out of an investigation. There are also facilities for checking DNA and biometric details of detainees as well as gathering photographic evidence.

Chief Inspector Maultby said it is enshrined in law that every individual is innocent until proven guilty and as such is treated with the utmost respect and provided with every care necessary.

"So we have to be very fair with everyone," he said. He added: "It has the best possible system that protects detainees. We have to look after these people. You will struggle to find a suite that is more modern than this." 

Rooms are also available where detainees can receive legal advice. Live video links to courts will also soon be coming online.


The biometrics room unveiled at the official opening of the Humberside Police custody suite on Birchin Way in Grimsby (Image: Jon Corken/Grimsby Live)

The bright and spacious suite has CCTV cameras everywhere. 

Police Federation chairman, Peter Musgrave said he was impressed with the new Humberside Police custody suite in Grimsby.

"It is great. It is a modern facility for a modern police force. It can provide cell watch without anyone having to be on cell watch for some cases."

Superintendent Jo Roe said: "The facility is also safer and better for our staff and officers, with CCTV throughout and special technology enabling them to contact colleagues quickly should they need assistance.”

She added: “The suite contains state-of-the-art technology enabling us to book multiple detainees in at once. This will make it quicker and easier for our officers, reducing waiting times and allowing them to get back out onto the streets.

"Birchin Way will also house some of our specialist teams on the south bank including the Major Crime Team, Property Store and Prisoner Processing Team.


The official opening of the Humberside Police custody suite on Birchin Way in Grimsby. Discreet custody area (Image: Jon Corken/Grimsby Live)

"Having our specialist units based here will help to cut down on their travel time, allowing them to offer the best possible service to our south bank communities."

Each of the 36-cells has a bench-style bed with mattress, a toilet, hand washing and drying facilities and a mixture of natural and artificial light. There is a designated wing marked in orange for more vulnerable prisoners.

The Chief Constable later assured that the Victoria Street Police Station built over 60 years ago will remain and will be welcoming more new recruits. There are currently 1,964 police officers in the Humberside Force and 60 more will be recruited in 2019.



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