Blackburn chosen as new police base for Eastern division

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

LANCASHIRE police have chosen Blackburn’s Greenbank station over its Burnley counterpart as headquarters for the giant new east division.

The decision was announced yesterday by chief constable Steve Finnigan and police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

It follows last month’s decision to merge eastern division – for Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley – with its Pennine counterpart, for Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale from April.

Six divisions are being merged into three to save management costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell, currently head of Pennine based in Burnley, will lead the new structure for East Lancashire following the retirement of Eastern’s Bob Eastwood.

Mr Finnigan announced the decision at a meeting of Lancashire’s Police and Crime Panel at Blackburn Town Hall.

The remaining two divisions will be headquartered in Preston and Blackpool, where a new station will be built.

Mr Finnegan said: “We have decided that Greenbank is the best place to base the East management team.

“We are talking about just a few senior officers.

“There will still be three major police bases there, at Burnley’s central police station on Parker Lane and Craddock Road, Colne.

“I can assure people that I, and Chris Bithell, will ensure Burnley and the surrounding area are properly policed.

“We are deciding on the details to ensure the best policing for a division larger than some forces.”

Mr Grunshaw promised a replacement police station on the edge of Accrington town centre for Hyndburn was ‘on track and in the budget’.

Panel chair and Blackburn with Darwen council leader Kate Hollern said: “I welcome the decision but need to see assurances the rest of East Lancashire will be adequately policed.”

Burnley councillor and panel member Margaret Brindle said: “Burnley always seems to lose out to Blackburn on things like this.”

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3:52pm Wed 16 Oct 13

mavrick says...

Part time police force, part time army,navy aircraft carriers that have no planes to fly off them because we sold the ones that would. Making senior and fully trained armed forces personnel redundant, public services savaged, yet those lucky few at the top are getting richer. Something not quite right I think.
Part time police force, part time army,navy aircraft carriers that have no planes to fly off them because we sold the ones that would. Making senior and fully trained armed forces personnel redundant, public services savaged, yet those lucky few at the top are getting richer. Something not quite right I think. mavrick
  • Score: 13

4:18pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Yep. What did the note say from the Labour guy after the election? 'Sorry. We've spent all the money'.
Yep. What did the note say from the Labour guy after the election? 'Sorry. We've spent all the money'. Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Wed 16 Oct 13

burner says...

3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)
3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history) burner
  • Score: -13

6:48pm Wed 16 Oct 13

jinx says...

Oh yea Hillsborough, almost 30 years ago! Good one
Oh yea Hillsborough, almost 30 years ago! Good one jinx
  • Score: 9

6:57pm Wed 16 Oct 13

foxy lass says...

The thin blue line is getting thinner by the year. You centralise any service, and the outer areas always suffer!! I'm sure it will be ok if you live in Blackburn or Burnley. God help the rest of us!!!!!
The thin blue line is getting thinner by the year. You centralise any service, and the outer areas always suffer!! I'm sure it will be ok if you live in Blackburn or Burnley. God help the rest of us!!!!! foxy lass
  • Score: 10

8:28pm Wed 16 Oct 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

burner wrote:
3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)
What has any of that got to do with Blackburn being the new divisional HQ? You utter bellend.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: 3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)[/p][/quote]What has any of that got to do with Blackburn being the new divisional HQ? You utter bellend. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 9

9:04pm Wed 16 Oct 13

leyton says...

burner wrote:
3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)
just think of all the people stitched upover the years from this dishonest police force.Really they should go over all of the arrests in yorkshire since hillsborough
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: 3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)[/p][/quote]just think of all the people stitched upover the years from this dishonest police force.Really they should go over all of the arrests in yorkshire since hillsborough leyton
  • Score: -6

9:28pm Wed 16 Oct 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

leyton wrote:
burner wrote:
3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)
just think of all the people stitched upover the years from this dishonest police force.Really they should go over all of the arrests in yorkshire since hillsborough
We're you one of them by any chance, or are you just another sad t0sser crying because you've been given a ticket for speeding recently ?
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: 3 divisions, 6 divisions or 9 divisions. makes no difference . . . the police will still lie. ( Plebgate . . . Hillsborough . . . . long list , long history)[/p][/quote]just think of all the people stitched upover the years from this dishonest police force.Really they should go over all of the arrests in yorkshire since hillsborough[/p][/quote]We're you one of them by any chance, or are you just another sad t0sser crying because you've been given a ticket for speeding recently ? You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Wed 16 Oct 13

aggressiveonionvendor says...

burner and leyton are (of course) right. do you remember the last episode of z cars?
i wasn't old enough, but someone kindly found it and played it for me; picture a local police station with police out of touch with the community which it (sic) serves. As the steel rollers electronically grinds into position the local sewage farm blows up. This is no melodramatic hyperbole, this is what has happened in n.e. lancs, i remember when i was a very small child the police constantly coming and going from a town centre police station - there was no shirking, the police where a part of the community, liked or not.
Now they are ensconced behind barb wire and a state of the art security system. I have personally witnessed this before, in totalitarian states where police, armed forces and a surveillance state protect the elite against the exigencies of an economic and environmental crisis. What you are looking at in this decision is one more stage along that road.
burner and leyton are (of course) right. do you remember the last episode of z cars? i wasn't old enough, but someone kindly found it and played it for me; picture a local police station with police out of touch with the community which it (sic) serves. As the steel rollers electronically grinds into position the local sewage farm blows up. This is no melodramatic hyperbole, this is what has happened in n.e. lancs, i remember when i was a very small child the police constantly coming and going from a town centre police station - there was no shirking, the police where a part of the community, liked or not. Now they are ensconced behind barb wire and a state of the art security system. I have personally witnessed this before, in totalitarian states where police, armed forces and a surveillance state protect the elite against the exigencies of an economic and environmental crisis. What you are looking at in this decision is one more stage along that road. aggressiveonionvendor
  • Score: -2

10:03pm Wed 16 Oct 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

aggressiveonionvendo
r
wrote:
burner and leyton are (of course) right. do you remember the last episode of z cars?
i wasn't old enough, but someone kindly found it and played it for me; picture a local police station with police out of touch with the community which it (sic) serves. As the steel rollers electronically grinds into position the local sewage farm blows up. This is no melodramatic hyperbole, this is what has happened in n.e. lancs, i remember when i was a very small child the police constantly coming and going from a town centre police station - there was no shirking, the police where a part of the community, liked or not.
Now they are ensconced behind barb wire and a state of the art security system. I have personally witnessed this before, in totalitarian states where police, armed forces and a surveillance state protect the elite against the exigencies of an economic and environmental crisis. What you are looking at in this decision is one more stage along that road.
There is clearly a contaminated batch of crack cocaine doing the rounds where you live.
[quote][p][bold]aggressiveonionvendo r[/bold] wrote: burner and leyton are (of course) right. do you remember the last episode of z cars? i wasn't old enough, but someone kindly found it and played it for me; picture a local police station with police out of touch with the community which it (sic) serves. As the steel rollers electronically grinds into position the local sewage farm blows up. This is no melodramatic hyperbole, this is what has happened in n.e. lancs, i remember when i was a very small child the police constantly coming and going from a town centre police station - there was no shirking, the police where a part of the community, liked or not. Now they are ensconced behind barb wire and a state of the art security system. I have personally witnessed this before, in totalitarian states where police, armed forces and a surveillance state protect the elite against the exigencies of an economic and environmental crisis. What you are looking at in this decision is one more stage along that road.[/p][/quote]There is clearly a contaminated batch of crack cocaine doing the rounds where you live. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 3

10:05pm Wed 16 Oct 13

aggressiveonionvendor says...

clearly you will be pleased to know that i can reach this creative state without the aid of narcotics - eat your heart out!
clearly you will be pleased to know that i can reach this creative state without the aid of narcotics - eat your heart out! aggressiveonionvendor
  • Score: -2

10:21pm Wed 16 Oct 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

aggressiveonionvendo
r
wrote:
clearly you will be pleased to know that i can reach this creative state without the aid of narcotics - eat your heart out!
I'm doing cartwheels for you. Well done son.
[quote][p][bold]aggressiveonionvendo r[/bold] wrote: clearly you will be pleased to know that i can reach this creative state without the aid of narcotics - eat your heart out![/p][/quote]I'm doing cartwheels for you. Well done son. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 2

10:28pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Graham Hartley says...

Blackburn is winning the Great Syncline War.
Blackburn is winning the Great Syncline War. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

10:28pm Wed 16 Oct 13

aggressiveonionvendor says...

merci beaucoup, i endeavor to please, so glad to bring light into your grey day , mademoiselle aggressiveonionvendo
r
merci beaucoup, i endeavor to please, so glad to bring light into your grey day , mademoiselle aggressiveonionvendo r aggressiveonionvendor
  • Score: -3

10:49pm Wed 16 Oct 13

HarryBosch says...

I suppose that Greenbank is the logical choice given that it's the newest and purpose built. but what does that mean in real terms? Does it, for example, mean that officers have to report for duty and collect/drop off the vehicles at the start and end of every shift there? In which case it won't take the crims long before they start planning their endeavours around the shift times! Or are the local stations still going to be used, in which case where are the savings?
I suppose that Greenbank is the logical choice given that it's the newest and purpose built. but what does that mean in real terms? Does it, for example, mean that officers have to report for duty and collect/drop off the vehicles at the start and end of every shift there? In which case it won't take the crims long before they start planning their endeavours around the shift times! Or are the local stations still going to be used, in which case where are the savings? HarryBosch
  • Score: 2

8:23am Thu 17 Oct 13

AnthonyUK says...

BY centralising Pennine Division in Blackburn this will never properly work;because it is like trying to spread a loaf of bread with a thin layer of butter, police cannot be everywhere at once to solve problems over a vast area!
BY centralising Pennine Division in Blackburn this will never properly work;because it is like trying to spread a loaf of bread with a thin layer of butter, police cannot be everywhere at once to solve problems over a vast area! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

10:00am Thu 17 Oct 13

gazzandste says...

Before we know it the area will be called Greater Blackburn with Darwen. Looks like all the essential services in Burnley and Pendle are being moved to Blackburn. Started with the hospital, now the police. what will be next.
Before we know it the area will be called Greater Blackburn with Darwen. Looks like all the essential services in Burnley and Pendle are being moved to Blackburn. Started with the hospital, now the police. what will be next. gazzandste
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 17 Oct 13

RoverTheHill says...

Seriously, it says in the article "We have decided that Greenbank is the best place to base the East management team."

Why do so many of you skip the article just to post rubbish which has already been addressed? As for the move itself, is it going to affect you? The vast majority no, those whose families work in the police possibly.

Last time I checked, when you ring the Police you want an officer to come to see you, not a member of the backroom or management staff. Now whilst the Police actually turning up is a separate issue of its own it's quite clearly stated here that there will still be 3 MAJOR bases. Not 3 stations and thats it. "Six divisions are being merged into three to save MANAGEMENT costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017."

Bureaucracy is being reduced and people are complaining about it.

No wonder literacy of England is 22nd compared with the rest of the developed world.
Seriously, it says in the article "We have decided that Greenbank is the best place to base the East management team." Why do so many of you skip the article just to post rubbish which has already been addressed? As for the move itself, is it going to affect you? The vast majority no, those whose families work in the police possibly. Last time I checked, when you ring the Police you want an officer to come to see you, not a member of the backroom or management staff. Now whilst the Police actually turning up is a separate issue of its own it's quite clearly stated here that there will still be 3 MAJOR bases. Not 3 stations and thats it. "Six divisions are being merged into three to save MANAGEMENT costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017." Bureaucracy is being reduced and people are complaining about it. No wonder literacy of England is 22nd compared with the rest of the developed world. RoverTheHill
  • Score: 4

11:49am Thu 17 Oct 13

midas says...

RoverTheHill wrote:
Seriously, it says in the article "We have decided that Greenbank is the best place to base the East management team." Why do so many of you skip the article just to post rubbish which has already been addressed? As for the move itself, is it going to affect you? The vast majority no, those whose families work in the police possibly. Last time I checked, when you ring the Police you want an officer to come to see you, not a member of the backroom or management staff. Now whilst the Police actually turning up is a separate issue of its own it's quite clearly stated here that there will still be 3 MAJOR bases. Not 3 stations and thats it. "Six divisions are being merged into three to save MANAGEMENT costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017." Bureaucracy is being reduced and people are complaining about it. No wonder literacy of England is 22nd compared with the rest of the developed world.
What! people post comments without reading the article! Never!!!! :-)
[quote][p][bold]RoverTheHill[/bold] wrote: Seriously, it says in the article "We have decided that Greenbank is the best place to base the East management team." Why do so many of you skip the article just to post rubbish which has already been addressed? As for the move itself, is it going to affect you? The vast majority no, those whose families work in the police possibly. Last time I checked, when you ring the Police you want an officer to come to see you, not a member of the backroom or management staff. Now whilst the Police actually turning up is a separate issue of its own it's quite clearly stated here that there will still be 3 MAJOR bases. Not 3 stations and thats it. "Six divisions are being merged into three to save MANAGEMENT costs as the force tries to save £73million by 2017." Bureaucracy is being reduced and people are complaining about it. No wonder literacy of England is 22nd compared with the rest of the developed world.[/p][/quote]What! people post comments without reading the article! Never!!!! :-) midas
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Thu 17 Oct 13

flagstone says...

gazzandste wrote:
Before we know it the area will be called Greater Blackburn with Darwen. Looks like all the essential services in Burnley and Pendle are being moved to Blackburn. Started with the hospital, now the police. what will be next.
football team lol
[quote][p][bold]gazzandste[/bold] wrote: Before we know it the area will be called Greater Blackburn with Darwen. Looks like all the essential services in Burnley and Pendle are being moved to Blackburn. Started with the hospital, now the police. what will be next.[/p][/quote]football team lol flagstone
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Izanears says...

I bet the next review will talk about Colne, Nelson or Burnley closing or being combined. Of course there will be the usual public debate, and we will be promised that our views will be listened to, but it will eventually happen.
I bet the next review will talk about Colne, Nelson or Burnley closing or being combined. Of course there will be the usual public debate, and we will be promised that our views will be listened to, but it will eventually happen. Izanears
  • Score: 0

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