Friday, 25 September 2009

New police station fit for royalty

A new police station in Alway, Newport, was officially opened by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, on Wednesday September 24th.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police Mick Giannasi and Superintendent Julian Knight of Newport Local Policing Unit welcomed the Prince and showed him around the new station.
Prince Edward then unveiled a plaque inside the station to mark the official opening.

The new station is part of the Alway Regeneration Housing Scheme, which also includes the replacement of Alway Parade shops, a new community facility, the building a multi-use games area, and accommodation for older people.

Chief Constable Mick Giannasi said: “We are committed to providing a policing service which meets the needs of our citizens by providing facilities like this one which lie at the very heart of our local communities.
“What is pleasing about this particular station is that it has been developed in a partnership between the police authority, Newport City Council, and Bellway Homes as part of the regeneration of the area.
“It has been particularly welcomed by local residents and is already making a difference in terms of restoring pride and confidence in the community.”

Supt Julian Knight added: “We were delighted that His Royal Highness was able to commemorate the opening of our new station.
“The building offers fantastic facilities for our officers and its position in the very centre of the new building development in Alway makes us more accessible to the public and our partners.”


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