Nottingham

Worksop police custody suite to close

Plans to close one of four police custody suites in Nottinghamshire have been confirmed.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has criticised the proposal to close the holding facility at Worksop which he said would result in fewer arrests.

Nottinghamshire Police Authority said the plans were an "operational decision" for the force.

The force said it was a difficult decision but "unavoidable" in the current financial situation.

Nottinghamshire Police said it needed to save £40m over the next four years.

The closure leaves custody suites in Bridewell, Mansfield and Newark.

'Absurd' move

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Broadbent said: "We have plans in place to ensure we continue to provide a first-class service to the public of Worksop and Bassetlaw, and that will be constantly reviewed.

"The authority will also review performance post the closure in six months' time, and I welcome that level of scrutiny.

"Almost 4,500 prisoners a year are put in cells in Worksop - accounting for 9% of the force's annual prisoner total. Once it closes, prisoners will be taken to either Mansfield or Newark."

The custody suite is expected to close on 1 October.

Mr Mann, a Labour MP, said the closure would be a false economy.

"To lose large numbers of police officers off the street because they are going to be spending their time taking people arrested in Worksop to and from Mansfield by car is totally absurd," he said.

"Police officers will make decisions not to bother arresting people because of that. It's a nonsense cut."

However, the force has said this was not the case and the move had been well thought through.

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