Police custody suites across South Yorkshire are to be ‘mothballed’ after inspectors found them old and poorly maintained.
The Bridge Street cells in Sheffield city centre, along with those at Ecclesfield, Moss Way and Rotherham police stations are to close and be replaced by a new police investigation centre.
An inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in 2010 raised concerns about the ‘poor physical conditions in most suites’.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “We aim to renew our custody suites as part of an £18 million project to replace old and poorly maintained facilities.
“The plan is to mothball four suites in Sheffield and Rotherham and create a new police investigation centre between the two hubs, capable of processing up to 18,000 suspects a year.
“It’s believed that the move will generate £1.1 million a year savings.”