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Monday, 7 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
With just one day to go before the TARDIS-style police box is officially opened in Boscombe, Dorset Police has tweeted an image showing it on the back of a flatbed lorry, as shown below.

The picture is undated but, as previously reported, the steel-framed box was placed into position at the western end of the precinct in Christchurch Road last Thursday.

The box will be opened tomorrow at 11.30am by Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, with a family fun day to follow. Dorset Police hopes that as well as serving policing purposes it will become an iconic landmark, attracting tourists.

The BBC and ITV have told Doctor Who News that they intend covering the opening in their local news bulletins, subject to last-minute changes to their news diaries. For those able to receive them, BBC One's South Today programme broadcasts tomorrow at 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 10.25pm, while Meridian News will be going out at 1.55pm, 6pm and 10.30pm.

The police box's design is based on the iconic 1929 version created for the Metropolitan Police by Gilbert Mackenzie Trench. Built by AMK Industries, of Christchurch in Dorset, it has been funded by local firms and organisations via donations or services, either free or at a significantly reduced cost. The sponsors will be recognised with an engraved paving stone at the foot of the box.

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