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Custody Suite Numbers

Question

1. How  many custody suites have been permanently closed in the last five years? For clarity,  I am looking for data from 2017 (as of today's date), 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Please break this down per year. 

2. Please indicate how many of these were 24/7 custody suites.

3. How many individual cells were lost due to these closures? 

4. How many suites are currently temporarily closed? Please state where these suites are.

5. How many suites are planned for closure in the coming two years? 

6. Please state the total number of cells that have closed over the same period (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).

7. Please state the total number of suites and cells open in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Answer

Please find the information below. Please note all the custody suites were 24/7 custody suites.

Custody suites/cells closed  

Custody Centre

Date Closed

Cells

Bath

01/09/2014

8

Broadbury Road

09/09/2014

10

Southmead

 21/09/2014

8

Taunton

15/09/2014

8

Bridgwater

15/09/2014

7

Weston-Super-Mare

16/09/2014

11

Trinity Road

22/09/2014

26

Staple Hill

22/08/2014

8

Minehead

31/03/2017

6

Yeovil

01/04/2017

10

Custody suites/cells open

Custody Centre

Date Opened

Cells

Keynsham Police Centre

09/09/2014

48

Bridgwater Police Centre

16/09/2014

48

Patchway Police Centre

23/09/2014

36

Please note despite the reduction in the estate, the Constabulary’s cell capacity has increased. There are no suites temporarily closed, all the custody suites were/are 24/7 custody suites and there is no information recorded regarding any planned closures in the next two years.

FOI reference: 913/17.

Date of request: 25.07.17.