Don’t close our police stations, plead Whalley and Mellor leaders

Don’t close our police stations, plead Whalley and Mellor leaders

Don’t close our police stations, plead Whalley and Mellor leaders

First published in News

COMMUNITY representatives are campaigning to save police bases which are due to close.

Lancashire police announced last year that both Whalley and Mellor bases would be closed before April 1.

The move comes ahead of the service centralising officers in Blackburn and Colne and would see the majority starting their shifts there and then travelling to Clitheroe.

Local representatives including Pat Young, the chairman of Mellor Parish Council, Maureen Britcliffe, chairman of Mellor and District Community Centre and Lancashire County Coun Alan Schofield, who represents Ribble Valley South West, are hoping to meet members of the police soon.

The police in Mellor are based at the community centre in Whalley Road while the police base in Whalley is in Princess Street.

At a meeting with parish council members, Insp Hassan Khan, inspector for the Ribble Valley, said the changes were due to making the service more efficient in light of cost cutting.

He said that they have one crime a month on average in Mellor and that a station was not needed to still be effective.

Coun Schofield said: “These are vital community services that need to be maintained.

“I hope that a future meeting between the police and local representatives will be positive and that we can work out a way to keep these centres open.

“People do not want to be without a police presence in their areas.”

Insp Khan said: “The station at Mellor will close at the end of March.

“£80,000 is being cut from the budget and we have to make savings somewhere.

“There will, however, be extra officers coming to the Ribble Valley from April 1 so there will actually be an increase in our numbers here.

“There will also be an increase in the minimum number of officers in the borough from two to three.”

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5:43pm Tue 4 Feb 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

It would appear that the community leaders of Whalley and Mellor have been issued with a general certificate of exemption from the real world. How they have the nerve to appeal for their police stations to remain open is beyond me, when there are far bigger towns and communities far worthy of having their local police stations kept open. The Valley has lost four stations, Darwen and Great Harwood also I believe, to name but a few!

Wake up and get a grip of reality you fools. We all have to make sacrifices whether we like it or not or is it a dose of the Ribble Valley high and mighty syndrome that afflicts you?
It would appear that the community leaders of Whalley and Mellor have been issued with a general certificate of exemption from the real world. How they have the nerve to appeal for their police stations to remain open is beyond me, when there are far bigger towns and communities far worthy of having their local police stations kept open. The Valley has lost four stations, Darwen and Great Harwood also I believe, to name but a few! Wake up and get a grip of reality you fools. We all have to make sacrifices whether we like it or not or is it a dose of the Ribble Valley high and mighty syndrome that afflicts you? HelmshoreBoy
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5:55pm Tue 4 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Like the above post l must agree with his point on more deserving cases, but having said that its no wonder criminals have never had it so good, the cuts in the policing has never been so drastic and its starting to bite them in the back side, the Tory party keep insisting the crime rate is falling but in reality its spiralling out of control, yet they still keep a straight face,
Like the above post l must agree with his point on more deserving cases, but having said that its no wonder criminals have never had it so good, the cuts in the policing has never been so drastic and its starting to bite them in the back side, the Tory party keep insisting the crime rate is falling but in reality its spiralling out of control, yet they still keep a straight face, noddy57
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7:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ray_carlings_moustache says...

Insp Khan "There will, however, be extra officers coming to the Ribble Valley from April 1 so there will actually be an increase in our numbers here." Blatent lie. “There will also be an increase in the minimum number of officers in the borough from two to three.” No there won't, they don't have the officers to do that. If a busy town like Darwen rarely number more than 3 officers and regularly none, The Ribble Valley won't get any more. They get used in Blackburn/Burnley/Co
lne. I'd like to see how Hassan Khan can back up his claims.
Insp Khan "There will, however, be extra officers coming to the Ribble Valley from April 1 so there will actually be an increase in our numbers here." Blatent lie. “There will also be an increase in the minimum number of officers in the borough from two to three.” No there won't, they don't have the officers to do that. If a busy town like Darwen rarely number more than 3 officers and regularly none, The Ribble Valley won't get any more. They get used in Blackburn/Burnley/Co lne. I'd like to see how Hassan Khan can back up his claims. ray_carlings_moustache
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8:12am Wed 5 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

HelmshoreBoy wrote:
It would appear that the community leaders of Whalley and Mellor have been issued with a general certificate of exemption from the real world. How they have the nerve to appeal for their police stations to remain open is beyond me, when there are far bigger towns and communities far worthy of having their local police stations kept open. The Valley has lost four stations, Darwen and Great Harwood also I believe, to name but a few!

Wake up and get a grip of reality you fools. We all have to make sacrifices whether we like it or not or is it a dose of the Ribble Valley high and mighty syndrome that afflicts you?
The good voters of Mellor and Whalley trooped out in their droves to vote Tory in 2010. You remember, the party that promised to make massive cuts in public spending. So now you are getting the cuts you voted for. Why are they not celebrating in getting what they wanted?

Surely they couldn't possibly have been voting for cuts for other people, but none for them?
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreBoy[/bold] wrote: It would appear that the community leaders of Whalley and Mellor have been issued with a general certificate of exemption from the real world. How they have the nerve to appeal for their police stations to remain open is beyond me, when there are far bigger towns and communities far worthy of having their local police stations kept open. The Valley has lost four stations, Darwen and Great Harwood also I believe, to name but a few! Wake up and get a grip of reality you fools. We all have to make sacrifices whether we like it or not or is it a dose of the Ribble Valley high and mighty syndrome that afflicts you?[/p][/quote]The good voters of Mellor and Whalley trooped out in their droves to vote Tory in 2010. You remember, the party that promised to make massive cuts in public spending. So now you are getting the cuts you voted for. Why are they not celebrating in getting what they wanted? Surely they couldn't possibly have been voting for cuts for other people, but none for them? Excluded again
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