Police officers in Morpeth are on the move.
Northumbria Police has now confirmed that the town’s neighbourhood officers will move into a unit in Sanderson Arcade shopping centre and the existing police station will close.
We had an overwhelmingly positive response from residents and other people who visited the displays who thought the move was a good idea.Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
The move follows public consultation earlier this year when the plans were displayed at Morpeth Town Hall, the Market Place and Morrisons’ supermarket, inviting feedback from residents.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said there was ‘an overwhelmingly positive response’ and the move will go ahead this summer.
“Residents felt the more central location would be beneficial and would make officers more accessible to both residents and visitors to Morpeth, making it easier for people to contact officers,” she said.
“They told us that basing the team in the shopping centre would make officers more visible to the public and make the area and businesses feel more secure, with a stronger police presence in the town.
“Residents will also continue to have police in the heart of their community at the new base.”
The office will be in a first floor unit in Austin House, next to the Central Bean coffee shop and accessible via a lift or stairs.
It will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm, the same hours as are offered at the present police station.
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “We’re very pleased that this move has been confirmed and are looking forward to working from this new office, based in the heart of our Morpeth community.
“We’ve had positive feedback from residents and businesses alike, who have said they are keen for us to work from a more central location.”
Morpeth Police Station will be put up for sale after the relocation, with proceeds going into policing.