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Ipswich: Deal for new town centre police base due to be signed off today

PUBLISHED: 14:57 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:57 10 January 2014

10A Museum Street in Ipswich is going to be the new police station.

10A Museum Street in Ipswich is going to be the new police station.

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A deal to ensure the future of a police base in Ipswich town centre is due to be signed and sealed today.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore hailed the £600,000 purchase of 10/10a Museum Street as underlining the force’s commitment to the people of Ipswich.

Mr Passmore said: “I am really pleased we have gone ahead with this purchase. It has taken a long time because of complicated negotiations and calculations, but it is a commitment to having a police base in the centre of Ipswich, moreorless in the same location as now.

“It also occupies an empty building and we have enough empty buildings in the town.

“We will be putting a proper old-fashioned police lamp outside the door.

“This is just right for Ipswich, and I re-iterate that it shows our commitment to Ipswich town centre for many years to come.”

A total of 85 staff, which will include officers and civilian workers, will move the few hundred metres to Museum Street when the present police station in Civic Drive is vacated in few months time.

Mr Passmore said there is a long-standing agreement for the borough council to purchase that property at the accepted market value.

Currently Suffolk Constabulary is awaiting a valuation and will be speaking to the council in due course.

Mr Passmore added the ability to buy the freehold of the Museum Street property was more attractive than leasing, as an eight to 10-year rent would see the deal break even, without the advantage of having an asset.

The Museum Street building will be the base for the town centre safer neighbourhood team.

The 19th Century Grade 2 listed property is connected to a modern office block at the rear.

It was most recently used to accommodate the Safety Camera Partnership. It was leased by Ipswich Borough Council and sublet to Suffolk County Council for use by the Suffolk Safecam.

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