Letter to top cop demands answers

TOWN councillors have written to the area’s inspector demanding answers about changes being made to local policing.

Kimberley town councillors have written a letter to Insp Craig Berry quizzing him about their fears over the future of local police stations which they think could close leading to officers being based out in the community.

All the response officers were shipped over to Beeston Police Station at the beginning of the year, leaving just a handful of PCSOs and beat officers at stations in Eastwood and Kimberley.

And we revealed last month how the front counters in both stations were now being closed as well.

All this has left Kimberley town councillors fearing the worst for the future of their police station – with other areas in Nottinghamshire already having their officers based in community facilities such as supermarkets and village halls.

The Advertiser understands that the police force has begun looking for community bases for officers so they can return to Eastwood and Kimberley once they have signed on at Beeston.

But councillors say the system will not work and they have now sent the letter demanding answers.

Kimberley Town Council chairman Shane Easom said: “If this happens we want to know where in the community they will be and what kind of policing we are going to get.

“I think they will give them somewhere where they can have their sandwiches and use the loo. But they will always have to go to Beeston to sign on and get the vehicles. How can you effectively police like that?

“We want to get some details out of them so we can interrogate them further.”

And Cllr Steve Brunt added: “Where do they go when they have arrested someone? To Sainsbury’s? No, back to Beeston and that’s another two hours of their time back there.”

Cllr Easom said he feared having the response team based in Beeston would ‘end in tragedy’ because it was too far for officers to come in an emergency.

But a police spokesperson said: “We are absolutely not moving out of our communities and we are committed to protecting and enhancing our front line policing services.”