Articles About Steelhouse Lane Custody Suite


What was once a slum area of town was subsequently reimagined by the town planning and municipal reforms of Joseph Chamberlain. The Police Station and adjacent Custody Suite appeared on Steelhouse Lane in the 1890s.

The Birmingham Central Custody Suite is often described as a mini-prison, with capacity to house over 50 detainees. It centralises custody facilities from nearby stations in a bid to cut costs and improve standards.

The building is one of the oldest remaining operational custody suites in the country, making West Midlands Police custodians of an important part of Birmingham’s heritage.

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