Police stations set to close amid huge budget savings

Amble police station
Amble police station

Three north Northumberland police stations are proposed for closure amid swingeing cuts to the Northumbria Police budget in the coming years.

Last week, it was announced that more than 400 jobs could go as the Force revealed it must save an additional £46million by March 2017, on top of £58million of savings already delivered since 2010.

But the Force claims that neighbourhood policing is being protected ‘with a series of far-reaching changes to guarantee the numbers of police officers and police staff on the beat’.

Despite further Government cuts to funding, efforts have been made to safeguard the services the public say they value most – visible policing in their communities. This will be achieved without the need for any increase in the council tax for policing.

But police staff posts need to be reduced by around 230 by April 2017 and restructuring will lead to a reduction of approximately 200 senior management and supervisory police officer roles.

As part of the restructure, 25 police stations across the Force area are being considered for closure.

Among them are Amble, which is currently open to the public between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and Seahouses and Wooler, which are both not open to the public.

The police have also said that the stations which are proposed for closure will not shut before alternative accommodation is found, meaning there will be no affect on the service provided to communities.

Neighbourhood officers will remain in the communities they serve, being based in accommodation familiar to the neighbourhoods where they work.

These offices will be open at the same time as the station currently serving the public.