MP says closure of Sheffield police station is ‘regrettable’

David Blunkett .
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Sheffield MP David Blunkett has spoken of his ‘regret’ at the planned closure of a police station in his constituency.

Mr Blunkett said the closure of ageing Hammerton Road station in Hillsborough this autumn had been ‘on the agenda for a very long time’ because of ‘eye watering’ Government funding cuts to the county’s police force, which have left bosses having to save £49 million.

He is calling for any cash available to be spent on neighbourhood policing and bobbies on the beat in South Yorkshire.

Officers at Hammerton Road police station, which opened in 1928, are to relocate Kenyon Street, off Broad Lane, while plans to open up a new police building in Hillsborough are explored.

Mr Blunkett said: “I am very keen that whatever cash exists, and the South Yorkshire Police are under enormous pressure on expenditure outside serving the people of South Yorkshire, should be on neighbourhood policing and beat teams.

“Regrettable as it may be, I cannot raise any objection to the closure of buildings, although I think that ensuring good communication, including internet access, for residents, needs to be better publicised.”