Eastbourne police station holds an open day for the public

The doors to the Grove Road Police Station were open to the public on Monday (July 29) as part of the Force’s 10 Days Live events across Sussex.

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.”

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