Seaton Police Station to close

PUBLISHED: 08:13 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:13 20 October 2015

Seaton Police Station. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Seaton Police Station. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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The loss of focal point will have a detrimental effect on policing in the town, says councillor

Cllr Peter BurrowsCllr Peter Burrows

Seaton police station is to close within the next two years.

It is one of 34 across Devon and Cornwall being shut to help the force make savings of up to £29million.

Like Seaton, none of the stations facing the axe is currently open to the public. Officials say that in most cases closures will lead to the building of smaller, more cost- effective facilities, or see police teams sharing facilities within their communities.

Axminster police station has already closed, with officers there now sharing office space with the fire and rescue service.

Seaton town and district councillor Peter Burrows told the Herald: “The removal, not closure, of Seaton police station, will have a detrimental effect on policing in the community.

“Although crime is at a low level in Seaton, the loss of a focal point will lead to the reduction, perhaps, of PCSOs as the next step in meeting the Government’s budget cuts.

“Police officers are also under threat with another 500 to go in Devon and Cornwall. Once these people go it is not so easy to get them back.

“Tell the police, at their forthcoming consultations, that enough is enough and we do not want any reduction in crime fighting in our communities!”

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