Police Office 1962

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    New Addington, Surrey.

    A neat new house appears on the screen. Camera cuts to show a policeman in a nice new kitchen. High angle C/U shot of a stove with a pot and a kettle on. Policeman leaves the kitchen and enters an office. He sits at his desk and starts writing something.

    This is - voiceover tells the audience - a new, modern, one-man police office opened in New Addington, Surrey. One-man police stations are fairly common in the country districts but it is new to the Metropolitan police, audience is told. The station has a kitchen, doghouse, office and a small van.

    A man comes bringing Alsatian on an improvised lead. He opens a gate and enters police yard with the doghouse in the middle. The policeman comes and chains the dog to the doghouse. The two men then go to the desk where the policeman writes a report. It seems that the man has found the dog and brought it to the policeman.

    Police officer goes back to his desk. A telephone rings. He answers the phone and starts getting ready to leave. He presses a switch which diverts all incoming calls to the nearest police station, takes his hat and leaves. He walks towards the van. It is small - it's a Mini! Another man waits for him in the car. Policeman gets into the van and they drive off.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1962
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    2738
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    185.05
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:40:00 / 01:35:23:00
    Canister:
    CP 389
    Sort Number:
    CP 389
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  • I used google maps and found the location of the police office.

    It is on the junction of Chertsey crescent and Overbury crescent in New Addington.

    At the time of writing (2013) it is still standing but is now the New Addington Women's centre. I assume the row of houses behind the office were police married quarters because an extension has since been built between them and the office, joining them together.

    dsh123 22nd Apr 2013

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