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A retired police officer had the honour of officially reopening his former station which has undergone a major renovation.

Chris Thompson cut the ribbon to declare open the new look Holbeach Police Station, which has undergone a major renovation project in recent months.

The Edinburgh Walk station has had a radical overhaul to create a modern facility to support the area’s officers and community.

Dignitaries at Holbeach Police Station
Dignitaries at Holbeach Police Station

However workmen found a surprise hidden in the building when a time capsule dating back to the 1960s was uncovered.

A stop watch, a list from East Magistrates’ Court at Long Sutton and an accident booklet were found within the capsule along with a handwritten note to detail the construction dates from a town sergeant.

South Holland Insp Nick Waters said that a fresh time capsule, containing items from 2021, had been hidden within the new building for future generations.

Items found within the time capsule at Holbeach Police Station
Items found within the time capsule at Holbeach Police Station

He said: “The contractor found the capsule within the roof of the old sergeant’s office.

“This new police station is to provide a suitable base for both officers to work here and to be able to serve the people of Holbeach.”

A new single storey extension has replaced the portable buildings which had been installed at the side of the building in Edinburgh Walk.

This stop watch was among the haul
This stop watch was among the haul

The new station has a public office along with a locker room, kitchen and rest room. Neighbourhood sergeant Rick Mosley will now be based in one of the offices at the station.

Members of South Holland District Council, including vice-chairman Andrew Woolf and deputy leader Nick Worth along with Couns Tracey Carter, Graham Rudkin, Anthony Casson and Gary Taylor were able to inspect the station following the opening ceremony.

Retired officer Mr Thompson, who served at the station between 1981 and 1997, was proud to cut the ribbon.

Items found within the time capsule
Items found within the time capsule

At the ceremony he said: “It is an honour and privilege to cut the ribbon to the police station on behalf of the people of Holbeach.

“I wish all of the officers a safe and happy service as I did.”

Chief Supt Kate Anderson said the success of the renovation project was down to people and read a poem from Benjamin Zephaniah.

The items found within the time capsule
The items found within the time capsule

She said: “I would like to thank Sheila Page and University Academy Holbeach who gave us a warm welcome to their school while the station was closed.

“I would like to thank the contractors for their work in creating this beautiful space for our colleagues. I would like to thank Insp Nick Waters and the community team for their patience with us and ensuring a consistent service.”

The coastguard was also thanked.



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