MORE THAN 50 detainees have seen the inside of the new cells at Bury St Edmund’s high-tech Police Investigation Centre (PIC) since it opened on Friday.
The old custody suites at Bury and Thetford have been emptied and the PIC now handles anyone arrested in west Suffolk and south-west Norfolk.
Over the weekend 41 people were arrested by Suffolk police and ten by Norfolk police.
This included a 28-year-old man charged with GBH following a serious assault in Sudbury on Friday night in which a man suffered stab wounds.
The Bury St Edmunds PIC is the fifth of six centres to open in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Centres have already been successfully launched in Aylsham, Wymondham, King’s Lynn and Martlesham.
A final PIC will open in Gorleston in November.
Head of Custody, Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire said: “The old custody suites at Bury St Edmunds and Thetford have been emptied and everyone arrested in the west of Suffolk and south-west Norfolk will be brought to the PIC.
“Apart from a couple of minor issues that were easily remedied, the weekend went well, with staff working together and the building performing nicely.
“Hopefully this will continue in the weeks ahead as we have more detainees though the door.”