Portsmouth police station forced to shut due to flea infestation

Fratton police station Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (151219-2)

Fratton police station Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151219-2)

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A FLEA infestation has forced the closure of a police station housing the area’s entire investigation team.

Fratton station, in Kingston Crescent, will be shut until 7am on Monday while it is being fumigated.

Officials had originally been hopeful it would re-open on Saturday.

All detectives and investigative staff were moved to the station earlier this year and the closure has forced them to work elsewhere.

A spokesman for the office of the Hampshire police and crime commissioner said: ‘We can confirm that Fratton Police Station has been fumigated for animal fleas this morning and staff.

‘This infestation could only have happened because an animal has entered the building, so we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that animals must not be brought into police buildings, apart from guide dogs.

‘We are aware that the closure of Fratton Police Station could inconvenience the public and police staff and appreciate the flexibility they have demonstrated while this problem is treated.’

The spokesman did not reveal the animal which got into the station.

Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, told The News in July about his determination to find a new police base in Portsmouth, calling the current Fratton site ‘substandard’.

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