Concerns over long arm of the law getting shorter

Deputy chief constable John Campbell
Deputy chief constable John Campbell

Just ONE police station will serve Milton Keynes following plans by Thames Valley Police to cut front counter services.

The cost cutting measure will include closing police stations at Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton from April.

CMK station will now be the only police station open to the public from 8am to 10pm seven days a week –instead of the current 24 hours a day.

Police chiefs say the force will act to “improve communication” with the public on the phone, online and on social media.

But staff at Victim Support say the the changes could isolate the city’s most vulnerable people. Manager Kostas Panagiotou said: “I am very concerned. There are still people in the community without access to the internet or a telephone.

“It’s in the middle of the night that you often feel most alone and vulnerable and now they won’t have that support.”

This week police chiefs announced plans to sell off stations across Thames Valley in a bid to save £29m by 2021.

They are also in talks to relocate Bletchley police officers with firefighters at a new base in West Ashland. Staff at Newport Pagnell and Wolverton police stations also expect to relocate locally.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “Bricks and mortar has little to do with policing, therefore officers are being empowered to be more mobile in their work.

“I wish to reassure the public the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents is not affected.”