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Havering Council leader urges residents to fight potential police station closures

PUBLISHED: 16:53 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06 11 September 2017

Havering Council leader Roger Ramsey.

Havering Council leader Roger Ramsey.

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The leader of Havering Council is urging residents to speak out against proposals to close a number of police stations and other access points across the borough.

The council strongly opposes the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) proposal to close both Hornchurch and Rainham police stations along with seven Safer Neighbourhood bases where members of the public can contact the Police’s Safer Neighbourhood teams face-to-face.

Such a move would only leave one 24-hour publicly accessible police station in the borough – Romford.

The Met’s Harold Hill patrol base in Spilsbury Road would also remain open, but is not 24-hour.

Council leader Roger Ramsey, said: “I understand that there are cuts being made to the service which has put the Mayor in a difficult position, but closing two of our police stations and Safer Neighbourhood bases is a short-sighted decision and is very alarming.

“The public access police stations in Rainham and Hornchurch are only open for three hours per week, but act as a visible safety presence on our high streets.

“Closing both stations down will leave our residents feeling unsafe and for some, in particular residents in Rainham, this means having to travel over an hour to their nearest police station, which is not acceptable.

“Together we need to speak up against these proposals.”

MOPAC has arranged a public meeting to discuss the proposals on Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Romford from 6pm to 8pm, and Cllr Ramsey encouraged residents to attend and have their say.

Unfortunately, the police plans meeting, organised by City Hall, clashes with a full meeting of Havering Council, meaning no councillors will be able to attend.

Cllr Ramsey intends to raise this issue with the borough commander.

Residents can also have their say on the plans online at www.london.gov.uk by visiting ‘What We do’ and then ‘Policing and Crime’, which will take you to the consultation, or by emailing Consultation@mopac.london.gov.uk.

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