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HOSPITAL COP SHOP; Station to cut robberies at Royal.

Byline: By JAMES GLOVER Crime Reporter

A PART-TIME police station is to be opened at Liverpool's busiest hospital to try to cut attacks and robberies at the site.

Merseyside chief constable Bernard Hogan-Howe has given the go-ahead to a new Cop Shop at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to reduce crime.

The office will allow staff, patients and visitors to report complaints in confidence, without having to find a police station.

And the force hopes the new service will deter thieves from targeting visitors at the hospital.

PC Dean Owen, of Merseyside police, said: "We are committed to providing reassurance to all hospital staff, patients and visitors.

"The hospital Cop Shop will increase public access to the police and be of benefit to the community.

"I would urge local people to come and see us and let us know what their concerns are."

Last year the ECHO revealed that violence against hospital staff had fallen since bosses launched a zero tolerance approach to verbal and physical assaults at the site.

Staff had fought off patients armed with knives, bottles and chairs and had been punched while on duty.

Tens of thousands of pounds were spent on CCTV to catch offenders while officers were put on patrol on the wards. The new station will be open between 12pm and 2pm every Monday to allow visitors to report lost property, get their mobiles security marked and get advice.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2006
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