Village police stations face closure

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THREE of the main police stations in the Lancaster and Morecambe district have survived a county-wide cull.

There are no plans to close Morecambe, Lancaster and Carnforth stations or front counter services despite the need for the Constabulary to save £42 million over the next four years,

But the stations at Over Kellet and Caton could close and be sold alongside other Lancashire bases at Cabus, Poulton-le-Fylde and Cleveleys.

Garstang police station is expected to be retained but a decision is yet to be made on whether a front counter service will survive.

These recommendations were made after a meeting of senior Lancashire police.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “The Constabulary recognises that the closure of any front counter, or indeed any police premise, is iconic for the public and will cause concern. This is why it has looked closely at visitor numbers in particular to identify those which are used the most in order to limit the impact to a potentially smaller number of people.

Three months of public consultation, commencing on July 1, will now take place before the final decisions are made later this year.

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