Plans for police station cuts

Leicestershire Police is holding a public consultation into plans to reduce opening times of 13 police stations, while closing the front counter service at the remaining four.

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Front counter service under threat in £20m budget cuts

Proposals to cut opening times at police stations and shut four front counters are part of £20million budget cuts.

The force says less than one per cent of people in Leicestershire use the front counter service, with an average of just one person an hour walking through the door at some stations.

A statement from the force claims:

These falling numbers are a result of the changes in custody provision and the increase in other methods of contacting the police such as email, beat surgeries, web chats, booking an appointment and social media.

There are also yellow telephones on the outside of all police stations that connect people straight through to the Contact Management Department.

Anyone who would like to have their say can fill out a consultation form by September 27.

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