Decision is due on plans to build more police cells in Hampshire

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A DECISION on plans to build four multi-million pound custody centres in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was expected today.

Hampshire Police Authority – which holds the purse strings for policing in this area – is urged to back a move that would see new centres built in Hook, Fareham, Winchester and Newport on the Isle of Wight.

It would mean the number of cells in the area increasing by 45 to 191.

The plan would cost Hampshire Constabulary an estimated £67m over 30 years if the preferred design and build option is chosen.

Police would keep 36 cells at Portsmouth Central police station and the recently opened 36-cell custody centre at Southampton.

A decision was set to be made at a full Hampshire Police Authority meeting in Newport on the Isle of Wight today.

Police Authority finance committee members have already opted against a plan to lease the centres back from the private sector.