Save our police stations

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Liberal Democrat councillors are demanding Lancashire’s chief constable attends an unprecedented special meeting of Pendle Council to hear concerns over the proposed closure of three police stations in the borough.

The Lib Dems have tabled a proposal for next week’s full council meeting to invite Chief Constable Steve Finnigan to discuss his force’s plans to close inquiry desks at Brierfield and Barnoldswick, and close Earby’s police station completely.

Coun. David Whipp, who was a member of Lancashire Police Authority for more than 10 years, said: “The police service in Lancashire has a proud record of pioneering neighbourhood policing.

“Police stations are an integral part of the neighbourhood policing picture. They are one of the pillars of confident communities. To close them will cause untold harm.”

Coun. Whipp was involved in establishing all three of the threatened stations.

He said: “I campaigned for a new station in Barnoldswick to replace the old one on Manchester Road, and worked on the police authority to get cop shops established in Brierfield and Earby.

“I’m passionate about keeping them for residents in the respective communities.

“The issue is so important that an unprecedented special meeting of the full council face to face with the chief constable is needed.”

Coun. Whipp’s proposal will be debated at Pendle Council on Thursday at Nelson Town Hall. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.