Police station set to close as part of £46m savings

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Proposals have been drawn up which would see the closure of Whitley Bay police station.

The station, in Laburnum Avenue, is one of 25 sites earmarked for closure by Northumbria Police as the force looks to make additional savings of £46m by March 2017.

But officials have said that the station will not close until measures are in place to maintain a police presence in the town.

Concerns had been raised about the future of the station after the new area command facility was opened on Middle Engine Lane in Wallsend back in 2010.

Officials have also confirmed that the police station in Forest Hall is earmarked for closure.

Both Forest Hall and Whitley Bay police stations are open to the public, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “The Chief Constable and I are very committed to maintaining the number of police officers and staff working in our neighbourhoods.

“We will relocate neighbourhood policing teams to bases in the local community, usually shared with other services.

“We are currently doing this in North Tyneside where we are proposing to have police in the White Swan Centre at Killingworth following public consultation, rather than in an outdated, expensive to maintain police station in Forest Hall.

“And we are keen to make further savings by relocating other neighbourhood policing teams into the communities that they serve, as this is what local policing is all about.

“However, we guarantee that no police services will be re-located until we have found accessible bases within the community for neighbourhood teams to work from and they are working well.”

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “Neighbourhood policing will remain the cornerstone of how we deliver service and I remain committed to protecting, as far as possible, the officers and staff who are visible in our communities.

“This includes 24/7 response and neighbourhood policing teams, including CSO Patrol and the detectives who work in our neighbourhoods.

“In order to make further savings we propose to introduce a new structure by streamlining our Area Commands from six to three and reducing the number of buildings we work from.

“Northumbria has an excellent record in reducing crime and disorder and keeping our communities safe and those high standards will continue.”