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A Conservative councillor has admitted he is “disappointed” at the news that Chasetown’s police station’s front desk is to close. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis revealed his plans to shut the facility, saying it would help prioritise the time Staffordshire Police’s bobbies can spend on the beat. Chasetown is one of three areas to be axed before November after a review revealed around 10 people use the front desk each week.
Cllr Doug Pullen
Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for community, Cllr Doug Pullen, said the news was a blow but says he his concerns have been eased by reassurances from the police. “We are of course disappointed Burntwood is losing a frontline facility,” he said. “However, the polce has confirmed that the resource invested in the desk won’t be lost but will be used to increase frontline officer time in the local community instead.” Staffordshire Police insisted it would be working to find a suitable community building to hold police surgeries and other local crime-fighting initiatives to ensure the town doesn’t lose a presence altogether. Cllr Pullen added: “We are talking with the police about identifying a suitable location in the town.”

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