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Tardis rematerialises as mini-HQ

Insp Adrian Waugh and the Tardis
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A listed "Tardis"-style police box in Huddersfield is coming back into use after nearly 40 years.

It will provide a headquarters for a neighbouring policing unit in Almondbury, with officers using it during rest breaks and in bad weather.

The blue box still has a water supply and electricity provided.

The boxes - now perhaps better known as Dr Who's time machines - were a way of contacting police by phone across the country from early 1900 to the 1960s.

Insp Adrian Waugh from the Huddersfield South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "Although the Almondbury police box is a remnant of a previous era of policing, the latest technology available to Neighbourhood Policing Team officers has now enabled us to utilise it once again.

"We saw the chance to use the space, recognised the positives and decided to take the opportunity."

The police boxes became known as Tardises when the BBC TV series Dr Who became popular in the mid-1960s.

The assorted doctors would be transported through time inside an old blue police box.

It is said the early writers of the series needed an object to carry the characters that was inexpensive to reproduce.

A registered BBC trademark, the Tardis (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) has entered the vocabulary as a description for anything that seems bigger on the inside than on the outside.

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