Police enquiry desks to close at five stations

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SEVERAL police station enquiry desks are to be closed across Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police has already closed the front desks at Dronfield, New Mills, Belper and Heanor in a bid to save cash and the next phase of planned closures, which had already been announced, are to take place next week.

Another five are to close – at Alfreton, Killamarsh, Shirebrook, Staveley and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Services at Chesterfield will remain the same, but some other stations, including Bolsover and Clay Cross, will no longer open at weekends.

Government funding cuts have left police chiefs having to save £13 million before next year and a predicted £24 million by 2015.

Police officers will still be based at the stations affected by the enquiry desk closures, but residents wishing to contact the force are being told to dial 101 for non-urgent issues or 999 in an emergency. Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We examined every single one of our enquiry offices.

“It was clear there was spare capacity and many of the smaller offices received a limited number of weekly visitors.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly and I realise it is not going to be popular in some quarters, but the fact is we have to make savings.

“It was a difficult choice but we had to weigh up carefully between retaining buildings or officers.”