Police station closures: Details to be released soon

Thames Valley Police: Milton Keynes Police Station
Thames Valley Police: Milton Keynes Police Station

Police stations set to close as part of a cost-saving mission by the force will be announced in the next few days.

The Citizen understands the closures will hit those already operating at “low-level”, with bobbies remaining on the beat to minimise the impact on frontline services.

These imminent changes, which were initially announced in April last year, come as a result of the force’s measure to save £2.1million a year in operating costs.

Speaking at the time, a police spokesman said: “Newport Pagnell police station, which has five former police houses that are surplus on the site, will be reduced in size by the end of 2014/15.

“The reduction in size of the station will result in a net revenue saving of approximately £9,500 and a significant capital receipt.

“Woburn Sands neighbourhood office is to be replaced locally with a smaller facility in 2014, while the lease at Olney neighbourhood office is to expire in 2014, with a potential larger facility being sought at an alternative site, in view of planned growth.

“Work is also underway to introduce five new neighbourhood offices in Milton Keynes, in line with the town’s growing population.”

In November, Thames Valley Police admitted a total of 147 police officer posts will go as part of “challenging” force cuts over the next three years totalling £45million.