Custody court cases likely to move out of Telford

By Mat Growcott | Telford | News | Published:

Plans to move custody cases from across Shropshire outside the county could still go ahead despite opposition.

Remand cases currently at Telford Magistrates Court are expected to be centralised in Kidderminster, following consultation by the courts and tribunal service.

In total there were 62 responses to the consultation, which finished in August. In a report released earlier this month, the Ministry of Justice revealed that reaction to the plans were mixed.

"Significant opposition was raised among defence solicitors and Justices of the Peace respondents, though a minority expressed support," it said.

"The police and PCC were largely against the proposals for various reasons, but those directly relating to policing concerned fears of additional officer abstraction, a risk that displaced defendants may reoffend and a preference for a digital solution to be implemented."

The report said that despite opposition, the preferred option is still to move all custody cases to Kidderminster.

But whatever is decided, changes will not be implemented until April 1.

"Should it not be possible to accommodate Kidderminster as the preferred centralised location for West Mercia then alternative arrangements will be made to centralise at Worcester," the report said.

Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

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