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Petition To Keep Penzance Police Station Open To Public

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7:01am 20th October 2014

A petition to stop Penzance losing its police station front desk gets almost two hundred signatures in less than twenty-four hours.

It is one of six in the Duchy set to close in a bid to help save £14m.

But campaigners say the 101 phone system can not cope and it is ridiculous to ask people to drive to Camborne to report a crime.

County Councillor Tim Dwelly, who set up the online campaign, wrote: "Shutting our town's police station to the public is a false economy. The public's trust in the police will slump if the station becomes a private property with a locked front entrance.

"With a little flexible planning, our local police can surely include staff working in this space, helping to support officers on the front line while being available to meet the public too. One option might be to reduce the number of community support workers. Another to arrange their shifts so that they share covering the reception as part of their duties.

"The 101 phone service is failing as an alternative. Expecting people in West Cornwall to phone a call centre in Devon as the only way they can talk to a police officer without dialling 999 is unacceptable."

Under the controversial plan Penzance, Launceston, Falmouth, Liskeard and Bude will close their doors to the public, while Newquay will only be available in the summer.

It will mean only Truro, Camborne, Bodmin and St Austell will retain their front desk services.

You can find the petition here.

7:01am 20th October 2014

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