The New Police Station

THE NEW POLICE STATION

(From :"Cleethorpes and the Meggies" - Margaret Hart 1991:)"
An old Meggie has recalled the times before there were police cars or motor cycles, when private vehicles were 'loaned' for police business by acquiescent hirers. On several occasions he was woken in the early hours to chauffeur the police in their line of duty".

In June 1931 Messrs. B. Pumfrey Limited contractors of Gainsborough secured contracts from the Lindsey County Council totalling over £50,000, including a new secondary school at Skegness, new police buildings at Cleethorpes and extensions and alterations to Gainsborough Court House and buildings.

The New Police Station was completed in June 1932.

Newspaper Clipping, July 1932

Cleethorpes Police Station Main Entrance

In July 1934 at the Lindsey Standing Joint Committee held at Lincoln the Clerk reported the receipt of letters from the Chief Constable, Superintendent Brumfield and the Clerk to the Cleethorpes Urban District Council with reference to the care of children lost by their parents during the summer months. Superintendent Brumfield said he had been unable to obtain the service of a woman in receipt of out-relief to attend to the care of the children at a rate of 6d per hour, as had been suggested and he asked that he be allowed to make a temporary arrangements with a woman at 9d per hour. To this the committee eventually agreed but they also decided that the facilities at present existing at Cleethorpes Police Station for the reception of children be not continued next year.

Alderman H. Kelly said that when Cleethorpes Police Station was built a room was set aside for the express purpose of receiving children who had been lost by their parents. The Chief Constable remarked that as many as 40 squawking children were in the police station at one time and they were all terrified. The Clerk said that the Skegness Urban District Council provided accommodation on the sands near the Clock Tower but the difficulty at Cleethorpes was said to be that Grimsby mothers went into Cleethorpes for the day and did not worry about their children. "They go out for the day, lose their children and then call at the police station in the evening to collect them." he added. The chairman said if a policeman found a child who was lost it seemed that he would have to take care of it.

He added that the room at Cleethorpes Police Station was well stocked with toys and a big rocking horse, but the noise they make interferes with the conduct of proper police business. There are people being charged and all kinds of business going on. The Clerk said it was the duty of the police to look after lost property and a lost child was lost property. It was at this stage that Mr. Nelthorpe pictured the policeman with a rattle amusing the children.

It was decided to permit a woman to be engaged to look after all lost children at the rate of 9d per hour until the end of September when the matter will again be discussed by the committee.

An external view of Cleethorpes Police Station

Special Police Courts were often held at the Cleethorpes Police Station.

In February 1939, Joseph Smith aged 22 a farm labourer of North Kelsey appeared at a special Police Court at Cleethorpes Police Station charged with abducting a 17 year old girl also from North Kelsey. He was remanded to appear at Caistor Police Court.


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