Syston Police Station to close

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Concerned residents in Syston who have already seen their ambulance and fire stations close are now set to lose their police station as well.

The Melton Road station has been earmarked for closure but Leicestershire Police says it is actively looking for alternative accommodation to make sure the beat team remains in the town.

A spokesman said: “The force is constantly reviewing its buildings and property to ensure it remains cost

effective. Unfortunately the building in Syston is too big for future policing requirements and is inefficient and expensive to run.

“The front enquiry service at Syston closed in May 2014 because very few people were using it. However, the force is committed to being based in the heart of communities and detailed talks are well underway to find a suitable office in Syston so that the beat team can remain in the town. Once alternative accommodation has been secured the police building will be sold.”

The spokesman added: “There are currently eight neighbourhood offices in the South Charnwood area in schools,

council rooms and community centres which means officers can start and finish their shifts on their beat.

“Officers now have access to mobile technology, which allows them to be more flexible, accessible and visible in the community, without the need to be located in traditional police stations.

“The closure of Syston Police Station does not mean the local police presence will be lost because officers will still be based in the town patrolling and working as they do now.

“If you’d like to contact your beat team you can leave a message for your dedicated neighbourhood officer Pc 540 Tom Harley by calling 101 and typing his collar number in (0540) when prompted.

“For all the other ways you can get in touch with the police please visit the neighbourhood policing pages of the Leicestershire Police website at www.leics.police.uk”

By March 2017 Leicestershire Police needs to reduce its budget of £172m by £15.4m.

More than £20m has already been taken out over the past few years. From February a new policing model is also being rolled out across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and the number of policing units is reducing from 15 to become 8 neighbourhood policing areas.