Never been banged up? Pictures reveal where detainees end up in Northampton

You do not want to end up here. Take a look inside Northampton’s custody centre where detainees sleep and have their mugshots snapped.

Thursday, 27th June 2019, 7:58 am
Picture by Kirsty Edmonds.

Pictures taken by photographer Kirsty Edmonds at Brackmills' state-of-the-art criminal justice centre show a glimpse of what life could be like as a detainee after an arrest has been made by Northamptonshire Police.

Behind the Brackmills-based building detainees will be taken through the shutters in a police vehicle after an arrest has been made. The secure shutters are in place to ensure the detainees do not escape.
If you are a juvenile (under 18) or you are charged with a sexual offence you will be taken to this discrete charge room for anonymity reasons.

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This is where evidential breathalyser tests are completed, after roadside tests are taken, or sometimes, denied by the driver. Detainees must blow less than 35mcg in 100ml of breath to avoid failure.
This is where detainees will be brought straight from the police vehicle to wait before being buzzed by the front desk to fill out your paperwork. The clinically white room can hold up to five people.
This is where the custody sergeant will ask detainees the reason they were arrested and interpreters can be arranged here for adults who do not speak English as first language.
The Criminal Justice Centre - which is one of two custody suites in the county - has 40 cells.
A look inside the cell shows the detainees low-level bed, and wash basin.The bed is low-down to negate drunken falling.
An intercom system is also in the cell for detainees to call the front desk and have legal conversations with solicitors.
A picture of the cell taken from CCTV footage shows the room in full.
This is where fingerprints are scanned, pictures are snapped of the detainees face and video footage is recorded for identity parades.
The 9 million cell block, which was built on the Brackmills estate, opened its doors to criminals on September 24 in 2012. Each month up to 1,050 detainees are kept here.