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Boscombe Police Box to be moved into the precinct

The Boscombe Police Box will be lifted into the precinct tomorrow – Thursday 3 April 2014 – ready to undergo final fittings.

A crane will be used to move the steel-framed box in to prepared hoardings to allow for the final internal and external fittings to be carried out.

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood will officially open the box at 11.30am on Tuesday 8 April 2014 in front of a host of local dignitaries, businessmen and women and the community.

A family fun day will be held between 12 noon and 4pm in the precinct to celebrate the arrival of the police box.

The long-awaited police box – one of only two operational in the country – will provide a highly visible policing footprint at the western end of the precinct on Christchurch Road.

It will be regularly staffed during day-time hours by police officers and police community support officers where they will be able to engage with the community and offer help, advice and support. A yellow phone will be attached to the police box which members of the public can use to contact Dorset Police at other times.

Local businesses and organisations have independently funded the police box with donations or services, either free or at a significantly reduced cost. The sponsors will be recognised in the form of an engraved paving stone set at the foot of the box.

As well as serving an important policing purpose, it is hoped the police box will become an iconic landmark creating tourism opportunities for Boscombe.

Bournemouth East Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “This is a significant step forward towards realising the start of an exciting project that has been two years in the planning.

“We are looking forward to the formal launch on Tuesday 8 April and also the positive impact it is going to have in relation to public engagement and reducing crime.

“We will endeavour to have a member of staff with the police box as much as is operationally possible during the trading hours in the precinct.”

Sergeant Chris Amey, Boscombe Partnership and Regeneration Officer, said: “We are just six days away from what we hope will be a memorable occasion for the people of Boscombe

“Everyone involved in the initiative has worked extremely hard to ensure the police box will arrive within the time scales we set. As well as all the sponsors I have previously mentioned, I would personally like to thank Keith Short and his team at Sydenhams in Boscombe who have agreed to lift and transport the police box into the precinct tomorrow.”

The following businesses and organisations have supported the police box: Dorset Police, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council, AMK Industries Limited, Anders Roberts and Associates Ltd, Glossbrook Builders Ltd, DWP Housing Partnership, National Landlords Association – Dorset, Hamilton Fraser Insurance, Hoare Banks Stonemasons, Koh Thai, Nationwide Building Society, Urban Reef Restaurant, Michael Grubb Studio, Backing Boscombe Regeneration Partnership, Royal Arcade Apartments, Graemar Group, Community Development Foundation, Bournemouth Coastal Bid, Southern Security Services Ltd, Sovereign Shopping Centre, South Western Ambulance Service and the O2 Academy Bournemouth.”

To see the progress of the police box throughout the building and assembly stages, follow @dorsetpolice on Twitter #boscombepolicebox and visit the Dorset Police Facebook page.

Issued: 2 April 2014