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Government to consider uses for former courts building

The Government's agreed to look at whether Torquay's former Magistrates' Court could be used to help ex offenders.

It follows a question in Parliament by local MP Kevin Foster to Justice Minister Lucy Frazer.

He says the work of St Mary Magdalene church in the town could be enhanced if they were able to use the building.

Mr Foster asked: "The Minister responsible for rehabilitation will be aware of the great work that groups such as St Mary Magdalene church in Torquay do with ex-offenders. 

"That work could be enhanced if such groups could use the old Torquay magistrates court, which is still empty. 

"Will they agree to meet me and representatives of the church to discuss how, if they acquired the building, they could make a real difference?

Lucy Frazer, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, replied: "I am happy to meet my honorable friend to discuss that matter, and if any other colleagues wish to meet as well, I am sure they will do so."

The courts building closed down in August 2017 with cases now being heard in Newton Abbot instead.

It opened in 1960 and was built on the foundations of a church school.

The closure of Torquay Magistrates’ followed similar closures in the area such as in Kingsbridge, Teignmouth and Totnes.

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