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Police go pink in cell trial scheme

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Thames Valley Police is trialling a new colour scheme in one of its custody cells in Abingdon.

The trial comes after a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on custody recommended that forces provide a lessthreatening environment for children being held in custody.

Speaking about the trial Supt Katy Barrow-Grint, Head of Criminal Justice said: “Being held in custody can be a difficult experience and painting the cell in a more calming colour provides a less threatening environment, which can be especially important for children when they have to be detained. We hope that it will make a difference to those that use it.”

The newly painted cell in the force’s Abingdon custody suite is affectionately known as “Cherrington’s Cell” in honour of Chief Insp Dave Cherrington, who has been head of custody at Thames Valley Police for the last eight years and is retiring from the Force after 30 years.

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