Queens Gardens Police Station to close after 50 years as Hull HQ
QUEENS Gardens Police Station will close to the public this month after more than 50 years as the home of the force in Hull.
A new police station will open in Regency House in Osborne Street, city centre, on March 18. Queens Gardens will close to members of the public at 7pm on Sunday, March 17.
The new £30m Clough Road police station has replaced Queens Gardens as the divisional headquarters for police in Hull.
Chief Inspector Rich Kirven said: "It will be an historic day and quite a sad day in some respects when they move out, as Queens Gardens has been an excellent base for policing in the city for many years."
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The new station will be home to the Riverside neighbourhood policing team, who cover the city centre, and licensing and public order officers.
Other officers who were formerly based at Queens Gardens have relocated to Clough Road, which opened in November.
Chief Insp Kirven said: "They are both modern police stations with state-of-the-art facilities, so it should make things more efficient for the public and for officers.
"Certainly from a police officer's perspective, they offer a much better working environment.
"Instead of having officers scattered all over the city, we have many more people together, which saves time.
"The enquiry office is getting a bit dated in Queens Gardens, so hopefully there will be a much warmer welcome for people at Regency House."
Some operational and support officers will continue to be based at Queens Gardens police station.
They could be moved to a new facility in Melton if it is approved by the Humberside police and crime commissioner, or will transfer to other police stations in the area.
Eventually, Queens Gardens Police Station will close completely and could be sold to be demolished or redeveloped.
Chief Insp Kirven said: "It is an eerie feeling, walking around Queens Gardens now. It used to be the hub that was buzzing with officers 24 hours a day.
"Now you can walk the corridors and quite easily not bump into anyone.
"The hustle and bustle that used to be there is now in Clough Road. It is the end of an era."
Members of the public can make enquiries at Queens Gardens until March 17. The station in Osborne Street will open to the public at 7am the following day.
A telephone connecting to the Humberside Police command centre will be in operation at Queens Gardens after the enquiry desk has closed.