Lancashire

Unison asks public to 'send message' over police cuts

The Lancashire police branch of Unison has urged the public to take part in a consultation process and reject "unnecessary" cuts to the force.

Police chiefs announced last month they are planning to close more than 50 premises in the region, including eight stations, to help save £42m.

But Maureen Le Marinel, vice president of Unison, said the closures could lead to job losses and risk public safety.

A 12-week public consultation period is now under way regarding the closures.

Miss La Marinel said: "If these stations are to close and this link is lost some of our most vulnerable people will feel isolated and lost.

"It also means that given the closure of stations there is a significant possibility that jobs will be lost.

"We would urge members of the public to send a clear message to this government that cuts to policing and other public services that impact on the policing of our communities are unnecessary, uncalled for and will cause lasting damage."

'Anxiety and concern'

In addition to eight stations, including Lytham and Fulwood, a number of rural bases and front counters would also be closed.

The plan, which will net £4m and save an estimated £1m in annual running costs, follows a review of how the force uses its properties.

The force admitted the plan might cause "anxiety and concern" among the public.

Details of how to take part in the consultation can be found on the Lancashire police website.

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