Political leaders in Redbridge unanimously oppose closure of police station front counters

Potential closure of the front counters at two police stations has been unanimously opposed by leaders of all Redbridge’s political parties.

The Metropolitan Police is considering closing public access to Wanstead Police Station, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead and Woodford Police Station, High Road, Woodford Green.

The proposal is part of the Met trying to save �500 million by 2015.

In a formal statement to the Met, the council said it the closure could damage public confidence in the service and fewer crimes may be reported.

It would also mean the west of Redbridge would not have a station for the public to attend meaning longer queues at other stations.

In a joint statement Cllr Keith Prince, leader of the council, and Cllr Shoaib Patel, cabinet member for community safety, planning and enforcement, said: “The safety of our residents is absolutely paramount and the council will not sit idly by while there is the possibility of the police reducing access to residents.”