MORE THAN 50 detainees saw the inside of the new cells at Bury St Edmunds’ high-tech Police Investigation Centre (PIC) on its opening weekend.
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 10 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.
It is expected that around 6,000 suspects will be processed at the PIC each year.
The Bury St Edmunds PIC is the fifth of six centres to open in Suffolk and Norfolk following successful launches in Aylsham, Wymondham, King’s Lynn and Martlesham.
A final PIC will open in Gorleston in November.
The PICs were funded by a Private Finance Initiative which will see Norfolk and Suffolk police pay £3 million a year for 30 years for each centre.
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.”