Dagenham police station stays, Barking relocates

Dagenham Police Station has been saved from closure threats.

Dagenham Police Station has been saved from closure threats. - Credit: Archant

After months of consultations, the fate of the borough’s police stations has been decided.

Campaigners fighting the closure of Dagenham Police Station will be glad to hear it has been saved and will operate as a front counter open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However the front counter at Barking Police Station will reduce from 24 hours to a standard daytime counter and in the autumn it will relocate to Barking Learning Centre in the town square.

The plans also include closing the front counter at Marks Gate Police Station which will become a contact point for non-urgent face-to-face contact.

Contact points will be open between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and between 2pm and 3pm on Saturdays and are also located at 2a Farr Avenue, Barking, 442 Hedgemans Road, Dagenham and 2 Station Parade, Dagenham.

As part of the consultation on the Police and Crime Plan, the Metropolitan Police Service proposed the provision of a 24/7 front counter in Barking Learning Centre and the closure of Dagenham Police Station.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas started a petition to save the Dagenham police station.