AVON and Somerset Police have released details of a new police centre planned in a Somerset town.

The building will replace the existing police station at Horsey Lane, Yeovil.

Police say it demonstrates the force's ongoing commitment to delivering policing services from the heart of the community.

Sitting on the same footprint as the existing building, the new police centre will include an enquiry office and a base for the neighbourhood, patrol and investigation teams.

The decision to invest in a new facility for Yeovil follows a review of design and technical challenges associated with refurbishing the existing building.

This news marks an exciting development for staff and the community, and will enable us to make best use of our resources.

The timetable for the new build is still being confirmed, bit if the planning application is approved, construction should begin later this year or early in 2021.

The new building should be ready for occupation in early 2022.

The public enquiry office will remain open at Horsey Lane for the duration of the construction work, with opening hours remaining the same as those currently in place.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions, the police can't hold a public information event as planned, but there will be a Facebook live session on Monday, July 13 at 11am. You can submit a question to police by e-mailing YeovilPlanningApplication@avonandsomerset.police.uk

The planning application is now available for members of the public to view and provide feedback on via the South Somerset District Council website.