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Last Updated: Monday, 18 April, 2005, 20:07 GMT 21:07 UK
Police 'riot centre' to be opened
A training centre to teach police officers how to deal with crowds throwing missiles and petrol bombs is being officially opened on Tuesday.

The purpose-built centre has been built by South Yorkshire Police at Manvers in the Dearne Valley and is also used to train officers from other forces.

It includes a mock-up of a street scene and is also the base for firearms officers and search units.

The opening will be performed by police authority chairman Alan Hartley.

Officers have been using the purpose-built public order centre since 2002 but this will be the first time demonstrations of the training techniques used have been shown to the media.

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