Six Fylde Police stations axed

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SIX Fylde coast police stations are closing to the public.

Lytham, Cleveleys, Poulton and Freckleton police stations will be axed while the front counters at South Shore and Garstang will be closed.

The announcement comes after three months consultation on plans which should save Lancashire Police £890,000 a year.

There is better news for Kirkham and Bispham which will see their under-threat police stations remain open to the public, while police chiefs are hoping to move the inquiry desk from Poulton into the town’s Civic Centre.

Today’s announcements come after three months of public consultation which saw more than 11,000 people express their views.

Following the consultation, the force now plans to close 14 of its 38 front counters, as opposed to the originally planned 21.

But Patrick McPartling, chairman of South Shore’s Police and Communities Together (PACT) group, said: “I think it will have a detrimental effect on the area.

“A lot of people who are tourists will see South Shore police station and think they can go there, but there will be no front desk.”

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan today assured residents their views had been listened to.

He said the force examined the “operational impact, strength of public concern, footfall and the availability of alternative venues” in making decisions.

Mr Finnigan added: “We’re determined to continue to deliver top quality services, that’s what my staff are all about.

“I don’t see that we’re going to step away from that even though we’re going through challenging times.”

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