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I see that police station closures are on the cards. Time for East Lancashire’s MPs for the moment to put to one side their charity runs, restaurant competitions and “Save the Pub” campaigns and stand up and be counted.

The last time there was a serious threat to local police stations was back in 1995-6, under the Major Government.

I believed then, and still do, that a police station is a place of refuge.  It is more than bricks and mortar.

Towns feel safer when there is a police station, open for business.

It really is as simple as that.


Read the original article on Gordon's Blog


So tough on crime, eh?  How's removing the police presence from the center of some of East Lanc's troubled areas going to help reduce crime and keep the areas safe?  Surely measuring "performance" of these stations by number of vistors per hour is missing the point.  Potential criminals will be put off mearly by the presence of the stations therefore making the area safer - they aren't going to think, "oh I'll not mug this chap here because there's a police station 6 miles away".

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