New police and fire station for Downham Market?

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The charred ruins of Downham’s Fire Station could be making away for a purpose built station for both firefighters and police.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue is looking into a partnership with the county’s police force to re-build the £1.5 million station in Ryston Close following the devastating blaze in March.

Investigations are continuing into the causes of the fire.

The move could see firefighters remain in the main police building with the new station housing vehicles for both services. A grant could also be submitted to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Area manager Lez Britzman said: “It is still early days but rather than having two separate buildings as we did before there are benefits in sharing a building such as sharing costs.

“There is a big push from Government and people see the obvious benefits of working together in partnership.”

Chief Insp Davis Buckley said: “We continue to focus on partnership working and pride ourselves on a particularly strong working relationship with the fire service, not just in West Norfolk, but across the county.

“We are always open to explore ways to continue these strong links and improve the work we do with our partners.”