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On 30th August 2019 the Athelney Group demonstrated our ligature free Safe Video Cubicle at our engineering partners, Frocester Engineering, Rooksbridge, Somerset, BS26 2UG to the Video Enabled Evidence Programme. This variant of the modular, ligature free cubicle allows a detained person to have a face-to-face video conference call with a person from a remote location, in absolute safety and privacy.

As part of our continued development in the healthcare sector, the Athelney Group have engaged with Altro Ltd.

Altro is an international manufacturer of high quality flooring and wall cladding solutions.

We have always turned to Altro to supply high quality safety flooring for the Safer Detention Unit, but now we have extended our partnership to include their unique range of wall cladding products.

In partnership with NBCS, Essex Police and the management of Intu Lakeside the SDU was used at a combined retail and violent crime operation at the Lakeside shooping centre in Essex.

4 SDUs were deployed to support the operation. They were used to hold suspects in the short term while crimes could investigated and the decisions to arrest were made. A number of suspects were processed on site in the SDU. This saved police time, police vehicle support and reduced the demand on Essex Custody Suites.

The Athelney Group are excited that the Safer Detention Unit featured extensively on the recently shown Oxford Street 24/7 a documentary following the workers who keep one of London's busiest shopping streets going.

The programme followed the police during Operation BIRD a joint private security and police opperation to target the most violent and most prolific retail crime thieves that target Oxford Street.

The Athelney Group are proud to announce that their Safer Detention Unit (SDU) will be used to support a major partnership crime fighting operation in central London in March.

The Athelney Group are proud to announce that they have been invited to speak at the NBCS Member Day on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at Easter Park, Lenton Lane, Nottingham.

Bernie Gravett will speak on "Providing Safer Workspace Solutions. Brining Businesses and Police together resulting in improved response and performance around Business Crime".

On the 31st October Bernie Gravett was invited to take part in a high level debate on  ‘Public Policing and Private Security: Shifting Relations, Future Prospects and Ethical Implications’ at the British Academyin London.

The day long evet took views from experts in policing, private security and academia. The event was hosted by the N* partnership and funded by the ESRC EU funding programme.

Bernie Gravett is a contributing author to the new publication'Using Open Data to Detect Organized Crime Threats (Factors Driving Future Crime)'

The Athelney Group are proud to announce two new partnership projects for the NHS. The Athelney Group have been asked to design a range of secure mental health assessment rooms. Using the patented flat pack design the Athelney Group are able to 'build' a secure room within a room. This means that previously insecure areas can made into secure spaces to protect staff and service users who may be in crisis.

The Vulnerable Person Unit will maintain the core features with the Safer Detention Unit. It will:

The Metropolitan Police Department of Legal Services have approved the use of the Athelney Group Safer Detention Unit by police. This approval drives forward the exciting prospect of police officers using the SDU to manage prisoners at retail centres, football ground and events across the country.

The approval includes the use of the SDU by police where a private business has installed the product.

The new Athelney Group 'Events' brochure has been launched and is being sent out to prospective clients.

The brochure outlines how the Athelney Group Safer Detention Unit (SDU) can be utilised at large festivals and events where sadly people break the law and cause trouble.

The SDU can be hired out for event management to provide safer ways in which to detain those who present a risk to staff and the other festival goers.