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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K) Historical Restoration Report: An old police box − West Midlands Police’s own ‘Tardis’ − which was a base for officers more than 50 years ago is to be restored by one of our museum volunteers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.03: The former Coventry Police box has been donated to the force with a view to being displayed in the Steelhouse Lane Lock-Up following its refurbishment:

WMP “Tardis” restored for exciting museum project: It would have been in 24 hour use and act as a base for a beat officer to book on and then carry out patrols. They were commonly used in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

1st June 2021

Police box
Tardis Restored

This box spent a number of years in the back garden of a former officer’s home in Coventry until the most recent occupants kindly contacted us to see if we wanted it for our museum: Retired police officer Steve Rice, who has been a museum volunteer for the past decade, has now set about the restoration work in his garage. Despite being in a reasonable condition there is necessary repair work required:

Police box 2

Steve said: “The lower few panels and main structure have suffered from the inevitable rot over the years and need to be replaced: The wooden planks you see are of a size that are no longer standard and will have to be specially made. There’s even signs of an old bird’s nest: It needs a new floor and to kit it out properly, several items of equipment such as two 1950/60s period telephones: It’s our very own Tardis and it’s going to be wonderful to see it back to its original condition. It will be a labour of love and I’m grateful for the donation of the box which reflects part of our policing past.” Steve was involved in a successful lottery bid to ensure WMP retained a museum and organised events to raise money in support of the bid. He’s currently working on finding new items to display at The Lock Up.

To follow the progress of the museum follow @WMPHistory on Twitter or ‘The Lock Up’ on Facebook.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.03: 2021:

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