Police station closures ‘are a real crime’

SHUTTING ... Harton Police Station is set to close due to cost-cutting.

SHUTTING ... Harton Police Station is set to close due to cost-cutting.

THE closure of three police stations as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures is nothing short of a crime, say shoppers on South Tyneside’s streets.

The majority of people the Gazette approached in King Street, South Shields, expressed alarm at news local police offices are to be sold-off and 400 jobs will go as Northumbria Police bids to save £104m, in response to the coalition Government’s funding cuts.

The force will lose 230 members of civilian staff, slash its number of senior officers by 200, close “expensive” stations and cut the number of area commands from six to three.

 

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