Mark Menzies opposes police station counter closures

Fylde MP Mark Menzis has slammed plans to close the last remaining two police counters in the constituency.

The proposals have been put forward by Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, following a one-week survey of counters in November.

Mr Menzies said: “I have met with the police staff union representatives and I am in complete agreement that these closures are counter-productive and akin to removing officers from the front line.

“Closing these counters in Kirkham and St Annes will put further pressure on the call handlers who deal with 101 calls, and will affect confidence in the police force.

“I’m also aware that the Police and Crime Commissioner’s evidence that the front counters were under-used is based on a one-week survey in November. That cannot be right, especially in St Annes’ case, when we are dealing with a tourism resort that sees a huge influx of people in summer months.”

Mr Menzies also blasted the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner for targeting Conservative areas in his county-wide closure programme.

He added: “I would also point out that the stations Mr Grunshaw has earmarked for closure are in the main in Conservative areas, just like the previous county Labour administration targeting Conservative areas for library closures.

“My objection to these closures is on the way to the Police and Crime Commissioner.”

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