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Croydon to lose a third of police bases as Met slashes costs

Croydon to lose a third of police bases as Met slashes costs
May 13, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was originally published by The Croydon Advertiser on 30/04/2016

Croydon to lose a third of police bases as Met slashes costs

CROYDON is to lose a third of its community police bases as the Met looks to cut costs.

Scotland Yard has announced plans to shut five of Croydon’s 13 safer neighbourhood team offices to save nearly £120,000.

The bases – in South Croydon, Addiscombe, Shirley, Coulsdon and Upper Norwood – are not used by the public, but provide a space from which teams can deploy and respond to calls.

The Met says Croydon, and neighbouring Bromley, “retained a disproportionately high number of bases” during the last round of cutbacks in 2013, when all but one of the borough’s police stations were closed or had their opening hours significantly reduced.

A report said police had since decided that locating neighbourhood teams in a smaller number of locations would be a better use of resources. It is not yet clear what the proposed configuration for Croydon would be.

The base at Charity House, Addiscombe

Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, said: “Croydon was hit hard by the London riots in 2011. Now we find it is to lose five neighbourhood police bases — one of the biggest cuts in London in London’s biggest borough. With violent crime and domestic violence still on the rise, this is a real kick in the teeth.”

In total, the Met is to close 15 neighbourhood bases across London. It says shutting the sites, which “no longer accommodate staff nor offer justifiable operational benefit”, will cost an initial £300,000, but would eventually save £423,000.

Steve O’Connell, standing for a third term as Tory London Assembly member for Croydon and Sutton when voters go to the polls on May 5, said: “I would rather not see the bases close but I’m not persuaded that it’s going to make residents less safe.”