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MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE: Readers critical of police station closure plan

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping takes a walk around Mansfield Town Centre on Monday with Inspector Neil Williams, Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for Mansfield South to see how crime can be tackled

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping takes a walk around Mansfield Town Centre on Monday with Inspector Neil Williams, Safer Neighbourhood Inspector for Mansfield South to see how crime can be tackled

 

Chad readers have been widely critical of plans to shut down Mansfield Woodhouse Police Station.

Costing an initial £1.3m to build and expected to sell for not more than £425,000 in current market conditions, the decision has been branded a ‘waste of money’ by some readers.

Commenting on the Chad’s Facebook page, reader Ann-Marie Graham, said: “What was the point in building it if it’s to close? A waste of money again.”

Lee Taylor added: “Well that would be a waste of our money again but who am I to say? They wouldn’t listen to our voice anyway.”

Meanwhile, reader Tara Knight, told Chad: “It wasn’t that long ago they spent an absolute fortune building it.

“Instead of closing it, they should stick some cells in it, I could never understand why they spent that much on a station with no cells anyway, put someone on the front desk, actually open it occasionally and use it as a proper police station instead of a part-time office.”

Other readers also complained that the police station had been under-used since it opened six years ago.

Nat Robin said: “It’s always closed in the evening which is a bit crazy as the police have to come from other stations when you need them.

“It is more like a police car pound and somewhere for them to just sit down in. Maybe it should become a police call centre to take the stress from Mansfield.”

Forest Town resident Terry Topliss said that when his local station closed it had a massive impact on the community.

He said: “When our police station closed, anti-social behaviour and vandalism became a problem. Plus response time lengthened and police presence reduced - so you can see it does not improve local policing.”

 

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