Police station opens its doors to the public

Former Police officers and their partners gathered at the Police Station in Grove Road during an open day and marked the 40th Anniversary of the Eastbourne County Borough Police becoming part of the Sussex force. Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor (centre in uniform) is alongside Fred Thomas who was the Superintendent of the Eastbourne force when it closed and is now 95. July 29th 2013 E31177P
Former Police officers and their partners gathered at the Police Station in Grove Road during an open day and marked the 40th Anniversary of the Eastbourne County Borough Police becoming part of the Sussex force. Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor (centre in uniform) is alongside Fred Thomas who was the Superintendent of the Eastbourne force when it closed and is now 95. July 29th 2013 E31177P

As part of their 10 Days Live events across the county Sussex Police opened the doors to Grove Road Police Station this week.

Members of the public were invited to take tours of the station, which is due to go out of service later this year when front counter services and Neighbourhood Policing Teams will move in with council colleagues at 1 Grove Road.

The open day, which was based on old and new policing and how the force has changed over the years, included presentations on history, demonstrations from Scenes of Crime Officers, Police Support Unit officers, commonly known as riot police, special constables and police cadets and included tours of the old cells and new and old police vehicles from local car clubs and the road policing unit.

East Sussex divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor, said, “It was a fantastic day. We estimate approximately 220 people, including 30 retired police officers from the old Eastbourne County Borough Police, who were amalgamated into East Sussex in 1968, visited the station and all seemed to really enjoy it.

“It was a tremendous success and I’d like to thank all involved including our officers, staff and volunteers, the East Sussex Library archive, Brighton Policing Museum and the enthusiastic members of the public who kindly helped us put this day together by providing us with their time, vehicles, photos and stories.”

Among those attending on Monday was 95-year-old Fred Thomas, the Superintendent of the Eastbourne force in the 1960s.

To find out more about 10 Days Live and the events that are happening over the next few days visit www.sussex policepeople.co.uk and keep an eye on the Twitter hashtag #10DaysLive.