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Closure of Dagenham police station proposed as part of cost-cutting measures

PUBLISHED: 14:04 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 19 July 2017

Dagenham police station

Dagenham police station

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Four years after it was saved by a community campaign, Dagenham police station is under threat once more.

Under proposals being put out to consultation, the Rainham Road South station would be sold off as part of cost-cutting measures announced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) on Friday.

In 2014, Barking police station in Ripple Road closed to the public, with officers working from the nearby Fresh Wharf Custody Base.

Under the proposals, each of the Met’s 32 boroughs will be left with one 24-hour counter, which in Barking and Dagenham would be Barking Learning Centre.

Following the announcement, Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas deemed the proposals as “unacceptable”.

He said: “As in 2013 I will be fighting them all the way. Now is not the time to be cutting back on policing in Dagenham.

“Crime is on the rise and we need more investment to deal with issues like the violent epidemic of terrifying moped crime, not less.

“I’m urging the people of Dagenham to download the consultation document and send it back to MOPAC demanding that they retain services at Dagenham East.”

According to City Hall figures, around 8 per cent of crime was reported to the police at front counters last year, and that number is expected to fall further.

Under the new strategy, more crimes could be investigated over the phone, with victims providing statements remotely.

But an officer will still attend if there is evidence to support an investigation, or if the victim needs an officer to attend.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he had “no choice” but to sell the buildings in order to protect the number of frontline police officers.

He said: “The huge government cuts to the Metropolitan Police Service have left us with no choice but to take drastic action to protect the frontline of policing.

“My top priority is keeping Londoners safe, and every pound saved by closing a front counter is a pound of savings that we do not have to find by reducing the frontline.”

The public consultation will last three months. To take part, visit london.gov.uk/public-access.

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