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Doctor Who tardis style police box moves to Carr Gate, Wakefield

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Doctor Who’s vehicle of choice travelled through time and reappeared at West Yorkshire Police’s new training complex in Wakefield.

The Grade II-listed tardis style police box was moved from the force’s former training facility at Bishopgarth on West Field Road to Carr Gate today (Tuesday).

It is now pitched next to the K9 unit and other facilities that will help officers to exterminate crime.

Police boxes used to be used by beat officers to report to headquarters and people who needed to call for help in an emergency.

Supt Dave Lunn, head of learning and development, said: “It is said to be from either the 1920s or 1930s, however, it’s unclear where it was used in the county before it materialised at Bishopgarth in 1982.

“Being a listed building, it is as timeless as The Doctor himself.

“It’s believed to be a 1929 Mackenzie Trench design police box, made of timber, with a small door to a telephone cupboard on the inside and features a bell on the top.

“By bringing this icon of community policing to our new training facility, we hope it will instil the traditional values of protecting the public into the advancements of modern policing.

“Thousands of officers and staff will be passing through the doors of this training facility each year and the police box will remind them of this neighbourhood ethos before they progress onto the streets.

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson said: “The police box illustrates how policing has moved on from the 1920s to the present day and so it is apt that its new home is at the state of the art Carr Gate training facility.”

 

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