Duke flies in to open new police training centre

The Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to the police training facility at Carr Gate. Picture Scott Merrylees
The Duke of Edinburgh during his visit to the police training facility at Carr Gate. Picture Scott Merrylees
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The Duke of Edinburgh flew in to officially open West Yorkshire Police’s £38m training centre last week.

After arriving at the Carr Gate centre by helicopter, His Royal Highness was greeted by Mayor of Wakefield June Cliffe, Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson and temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins.

He was taken on a tour of the centre, which includes a state-of-the-art firearms range, by head of training Superintendent Dave Lunn.

Officers took part in a training exercise simulating violent scenarios in which they used batons and handcuffs.

The Duke also looked on as ‘rioters’ threw rocks at police. Mounted and riot officers contained the violent gang amongst a replica street scene with mock buildings and street layouts.

The Duke unveiled a plaque to officially open the training centre, at the end of his tour, and spoke to officers.

He said the building was “quite an establishment”, adding: “I am sure that everyone who’s going to work here will enjoy it.”