Prince Harry got an inside look at how the Central Police Station in Nottingham operates

By Erin Hill
October 26, 2016 08:58 AM

Officer Harry at your service!

Prince Harry paid a visit to Central Police Station in Nottingham on Wednesday to formally open the new premises.

While inside, he toured the new building, met with police and community protection officers and even attending a police briefing.

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

He also got an inside look at the station’s efforts to control illegal sellers and traders in the community.

He also greeted the excited crowd outside the station and shared a sweet moment with 80-year-old Irene Hartman, who handed him a bag of goodies — including a box of Nottingham Fudge and his favorite Haribo sweets!

“How did you know I like them?” he asked.

Irene told reporters, “I met Prince Charles and Diana many years ago and I remember them saying he liked Haribo.

I told Harry I knew from when he was a young boy and I told him, ‘Your mum would have been proud of you.’

“He’s a lovely man and he’s just like his mum. He’s doing things like she used to. He likes people and he likes to be involved.”

After his visit at the station, Harry headed to the National Ice Centre, one of the partners involved in Coach Core, the sports coaching apprenticeship program Harry started with Prince William and Princess Kate on the eve of the 2012 London Olympics.

During the visit, Prince Harry received an update on how it’s running in the city, before meeting some of the program’s apprentices and watching a training session for young figure skaters.

He even received his own pair of skates!

His last stop was the Community Recording Studio, where he got an update on the Full Effect project, which aims to improve the opportunities for young people and reduce youth violence in St. Ann’s, Nottingham.

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Prince Harry launched the project after his first visit to the studio in 2013, and has returned for updates several times since. The program aims to train a group of young people as youth leaders, providing them with formal qualifications and apprenticeships in mentoring and leadership, while at the same time supporting primary school children, who are at most risk of becoming involved in youth violence, by working with their schools and families.

The prince dropped in on rehearsals for the Hip Hopera, a project which engages young people through music.