End of an era for Wood Street Police Station

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Wood Street Police Station closes this weekend as the council looks to turn the building into a luxury city centre hotel.

Wakefield Council announced earlier this month that it had bought the site and hoped to transform the city centre around the Civic Quarter.

Now, police have confirmed the front counter Wood Street will close on Saturday and be replaced with a new desk on Northgate.

The new counter, at 87–93 Northgate, will be opened by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson on Monday.

He said: “The opening of this public enquiry counter is the third one I have done in a matter of weeks and demonstrates our continued commitment to policing in the heart of the community.”

People can report incidents at the counter, which will be open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Ch Supt Simon Whitehead, of Wakefield district police, said: “I am delighted that the new public enquiry counter will open next week in the centre of town next to the neighbourhood police team office (NPT).

“Opening the new NPT office and helpdesk in Wakefield marks the final phase of a re-organisation of policing during the past two years.”