THE demolition of a police headquarters’ sports centre has started.
Contractors at Aykley Heads, Durham City, are expected to finish by early next month.
Police Authority chairman Peter Thompson said: “I regret the closure of the sports centre and the decision was not taken lightly by the Police Authority, but we felt that we had little choice in light of the severe spending cuts that have been imposed on us by the Government.
“The alternative would have been to increase council tax to continue to pay for it which we did not want to do.
“The decision means however, that we can continue to provide the best possible policing service to the people of Durham.”