Cell can only be used for up to six hours

PUBLISHED: 00:23 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

THE centralisation of custody suites is taking police officers away from their patches for hours at a time and costing the taxpayer through increased fuel bills, a police authority liaison meeting heard last week.

THE centralisation of custody suites is taking police officers away from their patches for hours at a time and costing the taxpayer through increased fuel bills, a police authority liaison meeting heard last week.Honiton residents told Mike Bull, vice chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, that taking detainees to custody suites in Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth is not cost effective.Mr Bull and Inspector Jim Gale explained that the health and safety of detainees is paramount and that it is no longer practicable to use cells in local police stations.Although Honiton Police Station does still have a cell, it can only be used for up to six hours.Inspector Gale said investigative procedures and rules meant detainees often spend more than six hours in custody and that two police officers are required to take a suspect to Exeter. If the custody suite is full, they have to travel on to either Torquay or Plymouth.


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