Footage of Norfolk police Olympic accommodation ‘was out of date’

PUBLISHED: 17:38 20 July 2012 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 July 2012

Paul Ridgway, chair of the Norfolk Police Federation

Paul Ridgway, chair of the Norfolk Police Federation


Senior officers have reassured police from Norfolk that the accommodation they will use while working at the Olympics is up to scratch – labelling out-of-date pictures of the conditions “unhelpful”.

Footage of converted shipping containers aired by the BBC on Thursday was taken more than 10 days ago and accommodation has been improved since then, said Chief Supt Bob Scully, the head of specialist operations for Norfolk Constabulary.

The Police Federation had claimed the accommodation in Weymouth was unsuitable, comparing the bare rooms to cells, but chairman Paul Ridgway said yesterday that improvements in recent days had brought facilities up to an “adequate” standard.

Mr Ridgway said: “They are not ideal, however, the Dorset Police have done the best that they can to ensure the officers’ needs are going to be met.

“Norfolk Constabulary, along with the Norfolk Police Federation, has worked very hard to make the best facilities possible, and the officers’ opinion is that they are proud to get down there to police the Olympics.”

Four officers from Norfolk police will be going to Weymouth to provide support for the sailing events at the games.

Chief Supt Scully said their facilities would match all other major accommodation at the Olympics.

He said: “The unhelpful footage shown yesterday is 10 days old and advances have since been made.

“We have been assured that our staff will be housed at Compass Point in accommodation that meets the same specification as used for all bulk accommodation for the Games.”

A total of 188 officers from Norfolk will help at the summer’s Games, alongside 200 colleagues from Suffolk Constabulary.

They will be joined by military personnel from RAF Honington to provide extra security, which is providing II Squadron RAF Regiment.


  • BBC Look East really need to apologise for misleading their viewers. The pictures and short video shown on their programme last night of the accomodation to be used by Norfolk police officers in Dorset were old and showed the accomodation prior to it being upgraded. The Police Federation also have questions to answer as to why they started the ball rolling in the first place. No doubt their intended target was the government with whom they have fallen out big time over cut backs to the police budget. All it has done is to make themselves look extremely silly - again!!

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    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • I just dont know what the devil the old bill are moaning at , Ive stayed in some bad accommodation working offshore and I bet where the old bill are they are palaces up against where I have had to live in.

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    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • A policemans lot is not a happy one !

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Are you a Bold Gendarme, BG? Run them in!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

  • good for them have a look at the accommodation for the extra troops involed??

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    Friday, July 20, 2012

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