Police 'Tardis'-style contact point for Boscombe precinct ready by Spring

Bournemouth Echo: TARDIS: A police box is set for Boscombe precinct this spring TARDIS: A police box is set for Boscombe precinct this spring

BOSCOMBE’S long-awaited police box is under construction and will be in place in the precinct by the end of spring.

Based on the design of the original 1929 police box, but built with steel rather than concrete, the promised police contact point and tourist attraction is being built by AMK Industries in Christchurch.

The box, which will be regularly staffed by police officers and PCSOs during day-time hours, has been funded through sponsorship from local businesses and organisations.

Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “About two-and-a-half years ago the community informed us that they were concerned about levels of crime and disorder in the precinct.

“We felt it was essential to have a police presence there in a permanent position.”

At present, a police community van parks outside McDonald’s at the western end of the precinct on Thursdays and Saturdays, when the area is at its busiest.

Inspector Weeks said the van had been a great help in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the area, and was also an important contact point for the public to air their concerns to officers.

“This police box adds the potential to change the demographics of the area,” he said.

“It is an opportunity to attract families and tourists into the area, which will obviously be a benefit to local businesses, and I think the public like to see the police on patrol.”

The two-tonne Tardis-like box, designed by architect James Roberts of Anders Roberts and Associates, will have a yellow phone so people can contact police when the box isn’t manned.

Police boxes were first introduced in the UK in 1891, and by 1953 there were 685 in London alone.

They were phased out in 1969 and a Metropolitan Police box outside Earl’s Court underground station is currently the only operational box in the country.

Sergeant Chris Amey added: “We would like to thank all those companies and organisations that have donated sponsorship – they are as keen as we are to help make a difference in Boscombe.”

To see the progress on the box follow @dorsetpolice on Twitter.

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7:19am Fri 28 Feb 14

Controversial But True says...

And will it time travel to, or from Poland?
And will it time travel to, or from Poland? Controversial But True
  • Score: 23

7:33am Fri 28 Feb 14

BournemouthMum says...

Hardly a Tardis. It will be nothing more than a blue telephone box. It won't be a time machine or be able to travel to other worlds or be bigger on the inside, so it's not really a Tardis is it. But then I notice the headline says 'Tardis style'. Waste of money.
Hardly a Tardis. It will be nothing more than a blue telephone box. It won't be a time machine or be able to travel to other worlds or be bigger on the inside, so it's not really a Tardis is it. But then I notice the headline says 'Tardis style'. Waste of money. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 9

7:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

JemBmth says...

Somebody will 'nick' it!
Somebody will 'nick' it! JemBmth
  • Score: 24

9:03am Fri 28 Feb 14

richardcompton3 says...

Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all!
Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all! richardcompton3
  • Score: 15

9:09am Fri 28 Feb 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “About two-and-a-half years ago the community informed us that they were concerned about levels of crime and disorder in the precinct.

“We felt it was essential to have a police presence there in a permanent position.”

What Insp Weeks failed to mention is that have already had a sign printed Closed Due To Staff Shortages.
Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “About two-and-a-half years ago the community informed us that they were concerned about levels of crime and disorder in the precinct. “We felt it was essential to have a police presence there in a permanent position.” What Insp Weeks failed to mention is that have already had a sign printed Closed Due To Staff Shortages. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 18

9:12am Fri 28 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Back in the day (1930-50's) it would no doubt have taken just a few weeks (if that) from approval to the installation of a then quite useful roadside telephone Police Box.

In a stark reflection of the modern UK this quite pointless bit of PR retro street tat has been under discussion and consideration by goodness knows how many bureaucrats, quangos and committees since at least early 2012 - and as the headline today confirms........ it is still NOT there!
Back in the day (1930-50's) it would no doubt have taken just a few weeks (if that) from approval to the installation of a then quite useful roadside telephone Police Box. In a stark reflection of the modern UK this quite pointless bit of PR retro street tat has been under discussion and consideration by goodness knows how many bureaucrats, quangos and committees since at least early 2012 - and as the headline today confirms........ it is still NOT there! muscliffman
  • Score: 11

9:13am Fri 28 Feb 14

skydriver says...

I could think of better use of our money.........and the police want a rise in their subsidy , .......what for a Boscombe ?
I could think of better use of our money.........and the police want a rise in their subsidy , .......what for a Boscombe ? skydriver
  • Score: 3

9:15am Fri 28 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

It will have a yellow phone in it for people to contact the police? Don't 99.9% of the population have a mobile phone nowadays? Although I guess it might come in useful if you've just been mugged and had it nicked?
It will have a yellow phone in it for people to contact the police? Don't 99.9% of the population have a mobile phone nowadays? Although I guess it might come in useful if you've just been mugged and had it nicked? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 7

10:15am Fri 28 Feb 14

smhinto says...

I do not believe a police 'Tardis' box will be sufficient to Police Boscombe.
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I believe Boscombe will need a sqaud of SO-19 officers or perhaps a squad of riot police permantly based in the area to restore order.
I do not believe a police 'Tardis' box will be sufficient to Police Boscombe. . I believe Boscombe will need a sqaud of SO-19 officers or perhaps a squad of riot police permantly based in the area to restore order. smhinto
  • Score: 5

11:08am Fri 28 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Wouldn't a Turdis be more appropriate to the area?
Wouldn't a Turdis be more appropriate to the area? speedy231278
  • Score: -5

11:25am Fri 28 Feb 14

elite50 says...

Ah, the old police box.
I remember , about 66 years go an old, slow, copper walked past us (we were going the other way) going up Peters hill in Winton. The light was flashing, he turned back and said to us, "Looks like trouble". He then ambled up the hill and entered the box.
A pointless tale?
Yes, but that's how it used to be in the old days.
People used to die of disease or old age (at about 62) in those days.
Now violent death is so common that it hardly rates a mention.
I guess they call it progress.
Ah, the old police box. I remember , about 66 years go an old, slow, copper walked past us (we were going the other way) going up Peters hill in Winton. The light was flashing, he turned back and said to us, "Looks like trouble". He then ambled up the hill and entered the box. A pointless tale? Yes, but that's how it used to be in the old days. People used to die of disease or old age (at about 62) in those days. Now violent death is so common that it hardly rates a mention. I guess they call it progress. elite50
  • Score: -5

11:45am Fri 28 Feb 14

ksouth77 says...

Well as the BBC won a court case around 2000 that they owned the design of the Police Box exterior (as it was more associated with Doctor Who than the Metropolitan Police), I hope someone has paid the necessary copyright fees.... :-)
Well as the BBC won a court case around 2000 that they owned the design of the Police Box exterior (as it was more associated with Doctor Who than the Metropolitan Police), I hope someone has paid the necessary copyright fees.... :-) ksouth77
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Never mind a Tardis, does anyone else remember we once had Council Daleks in Bournemouth? It was the popular nickname given to some horrendous looking glass fibre conical shaped single person changing huts which were briefly installed on the seafront back in the sixties.
Never mind a Tardis, does anyone else remember we once had Council Daleks in Bournemouth? It was the popular nickname given to some horrendous looking glass fibre conical shaped single person changing huts which were briefly installed on the seafront back in the sixties. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

3:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Tictock says...

Well, always useful to have another toilet in Boscome!
Well, always useful to have another toilet in Boscome! Tictock
  • Score: 2

3:26pm Fri 28 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something.

Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//
What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something. Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o// we-shall-see
  • Score: 6

4:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jinglebell says...

we-shall-see wrote:
What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something.

Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//
Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now.
We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something. Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//[/p][/quote]Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now. We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day. jinglebell
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Fri 28 Feb 14

loftusrod says...

richardcompton3 wrote:
Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all!
I'm going to paint 'BAD WOLF' on it.
[quote][p][bold]richardcompton3[/bold] wrote: Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all![/p][/quote]I'm going to paint 'BAD WOLF' on it. loftusrod
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Fri 28 Feb 14

twynhamob says...

The druggies really hope the doctor is in
The druggies really hope the doctor is in twynhamob
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

cycle commuter says...

Bet they park it right next to Greggs.
Bet they park it right next to Greggs. cycle commuter
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

jinglebell wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something.

Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//
Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now.
We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day.
Exactly

The council wasted £55,000 turning the Crecent Gardens into a year zero wasteland and are now spending even more money tearing it all up clearing it all away !

They refuse to tell us how much was spent last spring on carting sand from Southbourne to Boscombe beach .......... sand that has already pretty much all washed away so we are left with a pebbly beach and a sea that is not safe to bathe in because of the disintegrating reef.

It cattle were allowed to wander up and down Boscombe precinct sh tting everywhere no one would think the answr was to rename the precinct or to plant some flowers to hope it got rid of the smell.

You would stop the cattele going there.

So why are Bournemouth council still paying unscrupulous landlords hundreds and hundreds of thousands to house those that cause the problems in squalid slums. Even if the police do nick them and send them away the revolving door which is the justice system simple sends them and others back

Stop this scam and stop these idiotic wasteful crackpot schemes.
[quote][p][bold]jinglebell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something. Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//[/p][/quote]Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now. We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day.[/p][/quote]Exactly The council wasted £55,000 turning the Crecent Gardens into a year zero wasteland and are now spending even more money tearing it all up clearing it all away ! They refuse to tell us how much was spent last spring on carting sand from Southbourne to Boscombe beach .......... sand that has already pretty much all washed away so we are left with a pebbly beach and a sea that is not safe to bathe in because of the disintegrating reef. It cattle were allowed to wander up and down Boscombe precinct sh tting everywhere no one would think the answr was to rename the precinct or to plant some flowers to hope it got rid of the smell. You would stop the cattele going there. So why are Bournemouth council still paying unscrupulous landlords hundreds and hundreds of thousands to house those that cause the problems in squalid slums. Even if the police do nick them and send them away the revolving door which is the justice system simple sends them and others back Stop this scam and stop these idiotic wasteful crackpot schemes. Bob49
  • Score: 3

10:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

richardcompton3 wrote:
Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all!
More likely be used as a PC - Public Convenience.
[quote][p][bold]richardcompton3[/bold] wrote: Bet it is vandalised within the first week. It is Boscombe, after all![/p][/quote]More likely be used as a PC - Public Convenience. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Boscombe hardly needs a new attraction for druggies.
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They'll be giving out glo-sticks next.
Boscombe hardly needs a new attraction for druggies. . They'll be giving out glo-sticks next. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -7

3:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

Understated says...

could do with daleks instead. i would love to see them patrolling boscombe, load them up with pepper spray when they see anti socialites walking around having a domestic screaming match in the highstreet.

hell, just put the police officers inside them, i couldnt think of a more hillarious plan
could do with daleks instead. i would love to see them patrolling boscombe, load them up with pepper spray when they see anti socialites walking around having a domestic screaming match in the highstreet. hell, just put the police officers inside them, i couldnt think of a more hillarious plan Understated
  • Score: 2

7:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

herne says...

Understated wrote:
could do with daleks instead. i would love to see them patrolling boscombe, load them up with pepper spray when they see anti socialites walking around having a domestic screaming match in the highstreet.

hell, just put the police officers inside them, i couldnt think of a more hillarious plan
Why pepper spray, the original weaponry is far better for dealing with crime and antisocial behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: could do with daleks instead. i would love to see them patrolling boscombe, load them up with pepper spray when they see anti socialites walking around having a domestic screaming match in the highstreet. hell, just put the police officers inside them, i couldnt think of a more hillarious plan[/p][/quote]Why pepper spray, the original weaponry is far better for dealing with crime and antisocial behaviour. herne
  • Score: 3

9:49am Sat 1 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

It gives all the rough sleepers in the County somewhere to kip at night.
It's huge inside...
It gives all the rough sleepers in the County somewhere to kip at night. It's huge inside... BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

11:10am Sat 1 Mar 14

Mike R-B says...

Bob49 wrote:
jinglebell wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something.

Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//
Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now.
We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day.
Exactly

The council wasted £55,000 turning the Crecent Gardens into a year zero wasteland and are now spending even more money tearing it all up clearing it all away !

They refuse to tell us how much was spent last spring on carting sand from Southbourne to Boscombe beach .......... sand that has already pretty much all washed away so we are left with a pebbly beach and a sea that is not safe to bathe in because of the disintegrating reef.

It cattle were allowed to wander up and down Boscombe precinct sh tting everywhere no one would think the answr was to rename the precinct or to plant some flowers to hope it got rid of the smell.

You would stop the cattele going there.

So why are Bournemouth council still paying unscrupulous landlords hundreds and hundreds of thousands to house those that cause the problems in squalid slums. Even if the police do nick them and send them away the revolving door which is the justice system simple sends them and others back

Stop this scam and stop these idiotic wasteful crackpot schemes.
The Council are trying their best to make Boscombe pleasant for the thousands of residents and visitors who don't have bad habits and low standards, so let's support it please.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jinglebell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: What a pathetic waste of time and money. If they are only going to man it during daylight hours, what the hell is the point? Why not just walk around or stand outside a certain shop or something. Personally, I think it's just a publicity gimmick to make the residents think the police are doing their job - standing in a telephone box is surely not on their job description? :o//[/p][/quote]Only the residents are already extremely street wise at all the so called regeneration projects etc. that are turned out now and again; you can't fool the people who live in Boscombe that life is grand now. We all know - whether we live in or anywhere in Bournemouth - that unless the root of problems are tackled nothing will change and no amount of ridiculous little projects will blind us from what we see every day.[/p][/quote]Exactly The council wasted £55,000 turning the Crecent Gardens into a year zero wasteland and are now spending even more money tearing it all up clearing it all away ! They refuse to tell us how much was spent last spring on carting sand from Southbourne to Boscombe beach .......... sand that has already pretty much all washed away so we are left with a pebbly beach and a sea that is not safe to bathe in because of the disintegrating reef. It cattle were allowed to wander up and down Boscombe precinct sh tting everywhere no one would think the answr was to rename the precinct or to plant some flowers to hope it got rid of the smell. You would stop the cattele going there. So why are Bournemouth council still paying unscrupulous landlords hundreds and hundreds of thousands to house those that cause the problems in squalid slums. Even if the police do nick them and send them away the revolving door which is the justice system simple sends them and others back Stop this scam and stop these idiotic wasteful crackpot schemes.[/p][/quote]The Council are trying their best to make Boscombe pleasant for the thousands of residents and visitors who don't have bad habits and low standards, so let's support it please. Mike R-B
  • Score: 2

5:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

X Old Bill says...

Bournemouth Borough Police used to have Police Boxes. When it became Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary they were closed down, although the one in Westover Road hung on for a bit longer.

So they seem to have 're-invented' something and are claiming it to be a new idea - even though the 'new' one is based on the Met Police version from 90 years ago.
Bournemouth Borough Police used to have Police Boxes. When it became Dorset and Bournemouth Constabulary they were closed down, although the one in Westover Road hung on for a bit longer. So they seem to have 're-invented' something and are claiming it to be a new idea - even though the 'new' one is based on the Met Police version from 90 years ago. X Old Bill
  • Score: 0

7:35am Sun 2 Mar 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

Nice bit of scrap metal for the lads to sell on.Should keep someone in drugs for a week at least.
Nice bit of scrap metal for the lads to sell on.Should keep someone in drugs for a week at least. Domingo De Santa Clara
  • Score: -1

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