A leading police officer has reassured residents he will not sacrifice frontline police on the streets of a busy Wyre town.
Insp Steve Bell, Wyre’s geographical inspector, said officers will still be on the streets of Poulton after 2.30am on a weekend after residents told him they were concerned there was going to be a reduced number of officers available after hours.
The town is a popular nightspot for revellers and has a host of bars and clubs, including The Cube and Uber, which are frequently packed at weekends.
Lancashire Police has to save in the region of £73.5m by 2017/18 and has already cut 700 police officers across the county.
Insp Bell, who was speaking at a meeting of Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association at St Chad’s Church, said: “Throughout the review we are trying to make sure that frontline policing remains prevalent.
“We are recruiting 100 new police officers, which isn’t us growing as a force, it’s to cover those who are retiring or leaving through illness.
“The night time economy for me is key.
“It’s extremely busy but, despite the amount of people we have through Poulton, we are very fortunate we do not have much crime.
“There’s been concern that, after 2.30am, staff aren’t here in Poulton, but that’s a shift system we work and there are still officers on duty. It’s up to the sergeant on duty to get them here.”
Insp Bell also revealed Poulton Police Station is on a list of assets due to be sold by Lancashire Police in the near future. The front counter of the Market Place building is still open, but the neighbourhood policing team is currently housed inside Wyre Civic Centre on Breck Road.