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New 30m police station is open

Northfleet Station
The station is heated using a system which reuses rainwater.

A new police station has opened in north Kent at a cost of 30m.

The new building at Thamesway, near Northfleet, means Dartford and Gravesend stations will be closed.

It features a 40-cell custody suite, a vulnerable witness interview room, and a garage where cars can be tested by forensic scientists.

The station, built using the private finance initiative, is heated by a geothermal system which reuses rainwater.

Mark Gilmartin, of Kent Police Authority, said: "The old police stations were no longer fit for purpose and now we have an environmentally friendly station with fantastic equipment."


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