One police station closed every two weeks since 2015

The Liberal Democrats have revealed that 217 counters and stations of police in England have closed since 2015 according to new figures.

It’s the equivalent of over one police station closing every two weeks in the past seven years.

The figures were obtained via FOI requests to every police force within England and Wales.

London and the South East in particular have seen a remarkable decline in the number of police stations. The Thames Valley Police, which is responsible for policing in Berkshire Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire has closed the most stations, with 43 counters and 23 stations closing since 2015. This includes 41 closures in 2016.


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The Metropolitan Police is second in the country on stations closed, with 36 since 2015 – 31 of them in 2017.

Tomorrow, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey visits the Oxfordshire site of a closed station police station to demand more investment in community policing.

Across England and Wales a total of 217 police stations and counters have been closed in the last seven years, with an average of 31 closures a year since 2015 – more than one per fortnight.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP said: “Shuttered police stations have become a symbol of the Conservatives’ failure on crime. Too many people feel unsafe walking on their streets and too many criminals are able to get away with it.

“The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and focused on cutting crime.

“This May people will have a chance to send Boris Johnson’s Conservatives a message. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for more investment in our police and youth services to help make our communities safer.”

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