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Bradford's old police HQ demolished for city park

The police station was opened by the Queen in 1974

Demolition has started on the old police headquarters in Bradford to make way for a £24.4m city park.

The inside of Tyrls police station, which was opened by the Queen in 1974, has been cleared with major demolition now taking place.

Work on knocking down the structure is expected to take around three weeks, with it mainly happening overnight.

The six-acre City Park will include one of the UK's largest water features, art displays and relaxation and play areas.

Councillor Adrian Naylor, executive member for regeneration, said: "The former police station demolition is a significant point not only for the City Park but also the city's regeneration.

"The City Park is about more than creating an attractive urban environment, it's about social and economic sustainability, economic investment, tourism and communities."

The park is expected host large-scale events for up to 10,000 people, such as concerts, markets and sporting contests.

It has been jointly funded by Bradford Council, Yorkshire Forward, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Regional Transport Board.

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