Abingdon police open ‘calming’ pink cell for youngsters (News)


Pink jail cell with (l-r) Sgt Dave Williams, Supt Katy Barrow-Grint, former Ch Insp Dave Cherrington, Insp Dave Entwistle

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Supt Katy Barrow-Grint mentioned Cherrington’s Cell (named after Ch Insp Dave Cherrington, third from left) would have a ‘calming impact’

A police power has painted a cell pink to make it much less threatening for any youngsters who’ve to make use of it.

The brand new color scheme is being trialled by Thames Valley Police at its Abingdon police station.

It’s hoped the pastel colors may have a “calming have an effect on” on these held in custody, which can embrace adults, and kids aged from ten.

It follows a current inspection that mentioned employees ought to have a transparent give attention to the wants of youngsters in custody.

Supt Katy Barrow-Grint, the power’s head of prison justice, mentioned: “Being held in custody generally is a tough expertise and portray the cell in a extra calming color offers a much less threatening atmosphere, which will be particularly necessary for youngsters once they must be detained.

A constructive impact

“We hope that it’ll make a distinction to those who use it.”

The cell has has been named Cherrington’s Cell in honour of Ch Insp Dave Cherrington, head of custody for the power. He’s retiring after 30 years.

Abingdon police station has 30 cells, that are normally painted white.

Extra cells may very well be painted pink if the color scheme is seen to have a constructive impact, a spokeswoman mentioned.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Hearth & Rescue Providers carried out unannounced visits on Thames Valley Police’s custody suites in February.


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