High-tech custody centre opens in city

A new hi-tech building to replace old police station cells opened today (Monday, September 30).

The custody centre next to Chichester police station is part of a 90m scheme to provide six modern custody buildings around Sussex for 30 years.

Every person arrested in the police's Western Division, which covers the Chichester district and Bognor Regis area, will be taken to the new building.

Inspector Andy Peppler, said: "Moving from the police station, which has six cells into a purpose-built custody centre that has 19 cells will greatly increase the numbers of arrested persons who can be processed at any one time."

The centre is part of a 90m PFI (private finance initiative) contract between Sussex Police Authority and a consortium led by Reliance Secure Task Management, called Sussex Custodial Services Ltd.

For the full story see the Chichester Observer on October 3.