A city centre police station is to close for 18 months for refurbishment.

Work to revamp Bethel Street police station in Norwich is due to begin in August.

Parts of the building date to the 1930s and 1960s, meaning the infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose as it is outdated, inefficient and costly to run.

The closure will see frontline officers move into temporary offices in the rear car park and the Public Enquiry Office relocate to Wymondham police station from July 3.

People attending Bethel Street will be able to speak to staff using the yellow phone at the entrance.

The redevelopment is part of a wider plan to enable the modernisation of the estate with the aim of saving Norfolk Constabulary millions of pounds.

Chief Constable Paul Sanford said: “We’re committed to maintaining a strong, visible presence in Norwich to help prevent and tackle crime and this project is all about supporting that commitment by futureproofing our presence in the city.

“I understand this solution won’t be ideal for everyone but due to the security provisions required for the front office, moving into temporary accommodation at the site, or at another location in the city centre, wasn’t an option for us."

Anyone wishing to hand in found or lost property will be able to use a drop box at the station's entrance for smaller items, while larger items will be organised by the public enquiry staff via the yellow phone facility.