POLICE in Hebburn are poised to move into the town’s fire station as part of a rationalisation of Northumbria Force’s building stock.
Faced with the need to make savings and job cuts, the police are downsizing the current six area commands to three from April 8.
As part of that process, South Tyneside and Sunderland Area Commands are to be amalgamated.
But the Millbank Police Station in South Shields will remain the area’s command base.
And yesterday Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, revealed plans for the future of policing across South Tyneside.
Speaking at a meeting of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, it emerged that police in Hebburn are to move into the town’s fire station in Victoria Road West, from their current base in Victoria Road East.
Additionally, it was hoped town police would eventually have a ‘shop front’ presence in the under-construction Hebburn Hub.
Also on the agenda is the closure of the current police station in Harton Village and a move to the old council rent office in Horsley Hill Square.
Ms Baird said: “We intend to move the police to Horsley Hill. We did look at a move to Westoe Crown but it was considered too far out. The one that is most difficult is Hebburn and there has been a bit of resistance to a move to the fire station.”
Coun John McCabe, who represents Hebburn South for Labour, said: “Hebburn Fire Station would be welcomed by me, that’s the best solution.”