Police office to lose Life On Mars look
Police chiefs are preparing to say goodbye to Lincoln's rundown office which they say is like a TV set from Life on Mars.
Officers in Lincoln openly admit that the drab inquiry office at the West Parade Police Station is like a set from the TV show starring notorious old-school copper DCI Gene Hunt.
Now a £124,000 refurbishment aims to bring this to an end – updating an office that was built almost 35 years ago.
Anyone who has visited the reception recently may have felt like they were stepping back in time.
The office still has some of the original fixtures from when it was first opened in the mid-1970s.
Chief inspector Mark Housley said it was finally time to update the office.
"This refurbishment is long overdue and is vital for Lincoln," he said.
"Not only is the inquiry office no longer fit for purpose, it is drab and dark with an unwelcoming feel.
"When people visit a police station they may be under a great deal of stress already, especially if they are a victim of crime.
"The inquiry office at Lincoln does not have a calming or welcoming effect and I can't imagine anyone would disagree that it looks very dated.
"It is important that we have an inquiry office that staff and visitors can be proud of."
For more on the facelift, see Thursday's Echo.