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Armed police museum at Chatteris – once visited by Princess Anne – shuts up shop

Exhibits highlighted the use of firearms by police officers dating back to the 17th century

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The Museum of Armed Policing at Chatteris – opened in December 2018 and visited the following year by Princess Anne – has shut up shop. The museum was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed.

Cllr Sharon Selman told councillors she had contacted the museum whilst updating the town guide, only to be told it had closed and items were being moved out.

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

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Cllr Ian Benney added that he understood the museum had closed because it had lost its funding.

The museum – opened officially by Simon Chesterman, UK Lead for Armed Policing – began to accept public bookings for visits from January 14, 2019.

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

Exhibits on display highlighted the use of firearms by police officers dating back to the 17th century.

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It also housed a virtual firing range to show how police are tested in real-life situations.

The museum shared the building with the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) who have moved their office to a local business park.

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

Mr Chesterman, said the museum will “celebrate the quality of the training and the quality of the men and women who are involved in armed policing.”

In 2019 Princess Anne paid a 90-minute visit to the museum and met Mark Williams, a retired Metropolitan police officer, who set up the PFOA in 2009 before later adding the museum.

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

The Museum of Armed Policing was housed in the former police station at Chatteris, but the town council has been told it has closed

The PFOA supports firearms officers and their families – it has been approached by CambsNews for a comment.

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