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Public meeting on the future of policing in Redbridge to be held in Ilford tonight

PUBLISHED: 15:03 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 12 September 2017

Picture: Met Police

Picture: Met Police

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Have you say on the future of policing in Redbridge.

Redbridge Police will be holding a consulation tonight at The Salvation Army, in Clements Road, Ilford, between 6 and 8pm.

Under proposals being put out to consultation, Woodford Police Station may be sold, while the front counter at Barkingside Police Station could be closed to the public.

The cost-cutting measures, which was announced by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) on July 7, comes as the Metropolitan Police looks to save £400 million.

In 2013, the front counter at the station in High Road, Woodford Green, closed to the public, leaving it solely as a base for officers

Under the proposals, each of the Met’s 32 boroughs will be left with one 24-hour counter, which in Redbridge would be Ilford Police Station.

It also proposes that more crimes could be investigated over the phone, with victims providing statements remotely, instead of meeting an officer face to face.

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

People are also encouraged to report crimes online, either via the main Met Police website, or through social media on Twitter.

Now residents can have their say on the future of the stations, how you would like to be able to contact the police and the reporting of crime.

Following a presentation, a question and answer session with the officers and MOPAC will be conducted.


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