Police chiefs say they have no closure plans

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POLice chiefs in South Yorkshire say there are no plans to close any stations in the county –after the announcement that four fire stations could close.

They said they were not considering station closures as a way of saving money following Government spending cuts, after the county’s fire service revealed four of its stations face the axe to save £10 million a year.

A police spokeswoman said: “At this time South Yorkshire Police has no plans to close any police stations.”

The police service has closed 13 of its 19 enquiry desks at stations to reduce staffing costs, but insist stations are safe.

Fire chiefs in the county have caused controversy by unveiling proposals to close four stations –three in Sheffield and one in Barnsley.

Two of Sheffield’s busiest stations –Mansfield Road and Darnall- face the axe and the part-time station at Mosborough could also go.

The part-time station in Royston, Barnsley, is also under threat.

A new station would be built as a replacement for Mansfield Road and Danall on or around the Sheffield Parkway.

Another station would also be built at Birley which would replace Mosborough.

The Fire Brigades Union and residents fear an increase in response times to emergency call-outs.