Thousands flock to Walsall police's open day

Thousands of people enjoyed a rare glimpse behind the scenes as a police station opened its doors to the local community.

Areas normally barred to the general public, including the cells, were part of a grand tour of Walsall Police Station yesterday.

It is thought visitor numbers exceeded the 3,000 that attended last year’s event at Green Lane.

One of the highlights of the day was the landing of an RAF helicopter in the grounds of the station.

The new police commander for Walsall, Chief Superintendant David Sturman, gave the official welcome.

The event is aimed at giving local people the chance to get to know neighbourhood bobbies and to see how policing has changed.

There were police dog demonstrations, the opportunity to see inside traffic and firearms cars and a range of police vehicles through the ages.