Kettering custody centre plans ‘not shelved’

Adam Simmonds wants to build a new custody suite on the outskirts of Kettering

Adam Simmonds wants to build a new custody suite on the outskirts of Kettering

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Northamptonshire Police has denied suggestions it has shelved plans for an investigation centre and custody suite near Kettering.

The office of the police commissioner Adam Simmonds last week announced the tender process for the new building had been stopped.

However, a spokesman for the force said that was because the original designs for the custody centre had come in over the budget allocated for it.

In March, it was confirmed Mr Simmonds had authorised the purchase of a 2.4-acre site in the North Kettering Business Park, off the A6003 Rockingham Road.

The police investigation centre earmarked for the site, which has been granted planning permission by Kettering Council, will also include a custody suite.

Custody facilities at Corby and Kettering are deemed to be no longer fit for purpose.

The police spokesman added: “The tender went out last year. The design is being reviewed and in due course and we are looking to go back out to tender.

“It’s not been shelved – it’s still going ahead.”