Newcastle upon Tyne City Police

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Newcastle upon Tyne City Police was the Home office Police force and a Constabulary that served the City of Newcastle upon Tyne formed in 1836. Newcastle was then one of Europe's biggest industrial cities. Of note was the name Newcastle upon Tyne City police and fire brigade. The first of the three locations in the following list were joint Police and fire stations... they were located at Pilgrim Street in the City Centre, Arthur's Hill, Headlam Street, and Red Barnes with section stations at Walker, Heaton, Kenton and Benwell village. Each foot beat also had a large Police Box where officers could rest and 'ring-in' to their main station and the public had access to a phone for advice or to summon help. At its peak Newcastle City had almost 1000 police officers with MGB sports cars in its motor patrol fleet as well as its own specially tailored uniforms. On 1st April 1969 it was amalgamated into the Northumberland Constabulary under the Police Act 1964.[1] The first Modern Police Force was formed in Newcastle in 1836,[2] 3 years before the County Police Act of 1839.

Newcastle upon Tyne City Police lost its identity after the 1969 mergers when the new Northumberland Constabulary was formed. Based at Pilgrim Street police station(now closed and relocated at Forth Banks).The old Newcastle City police HQ at Pilgrim Street which like many multifunctional Police forces, also housed the Magistrates Courts and Fire Station. It was designed by Cackett, Burns, Dick and MacKellar and opened in 1934. The Classical elements of Corinthian columns and Egyptian solidity is clearly present and it is also noted for its mock Babylonian sculptures.[3] It only ended its use as Police headquarters after the Establishment of Northumbria Police after 1974 which moved to Ashington then Ponteland sometime later. It also housed one of the 2 server storage systems for Northumbria Police that backs up and shares contingency information (disaster recovery) with its twin in Ponteland. This changed in 2011 when a new computer system became operation and the disaster recovery system was moved to South Shields.[4]


  1. ^ "70 police forces to be axed in mergers". The Times. 19 May 1966.
  2. ^ "A History of Newcastle". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  3. ^ Tim. Pickford-Jones. "Pilgrim Street". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  4. ^ Insight Marketing (8 December 2009). "Northumbria Police partners with HP to deploy a new high availability data centre" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-06-14.