New NY police headquarters

New headquarters for North Yorkshire Police could be built in the county as soon as 2016, it has been announced.

Plans to close and sell the force’s Newby Wiske headquarters, which is Grade II listed and costs more than £1 million each year to run and maintain, were confirmed yesterday at a press conference with police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan and chief constable Dave Jones.

It was also revealed that the force had narrowed down the search for new sites to “two or three” in the Thirsk area, and it might seek to create a joint HQ with another emergency service.

Mr Jones said: “We obviously want to attract people to come and work for North Yorkshire Police and newer facilities will help that, along with new ways of working.

“We cannot afford to stay here in the long term, as it will become more and more expensive to maintain and just does not give us the facilities we require.”

In recent years a number of problems with the current headquarters have been reported, including intermittent “dips” in the power supply, connectivity difficulties and accessibility issues in bad weather and flooding.