Princess Anne opens Widnes Police Station in Liverpool
Britain’s Princess Anne officially opened the Widnes Police Station near Liverpool yesterday (04.11.15).
The 65-year-old royal – the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip – stopped by the facility on Gerrard Street to declare it open, meet staff and take a tour of the building.
Crime Commissioner John Dwyer told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “I was delighted to be able to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Widnes Police Station.”
He added: “It was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to providing fit-for-purpose, cost-effective police buildings for our officers and staff that are better equipped for tackling crime.”
Princess Anne – who is the patron of the charity Catch 22 – was shown the briefing room, introduced to officers, PCSOs, detectives, intelligence officers and Special Constables.
She then finished off her visit by unveiling a plaque to commemorate the station’s official opening.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “It was particularly important to us that we showcase our work with our colleagues at Catch 22 and Missing From Home in helping young people in the area, and she seemed genuinely engaged and impressed with what we do.”
He added: “I think she left with a real sense of how we work and our ethos under the ‘We’re Here’ principles – that we’re here for communities, for victims, for justice and when and where you need us.”