Closure of Crosby Police Station enquiry desk will be devastatin

Bill Esterson, Diane Roberts, Steve McGinnity and Veronica Bennett

Crosby Labour Action Team is warning that the proposed closure of Crosby Police Station's enquiry desk will leave the community "dangerously isolated".

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson last week revealed that Merseyside Police was considering closing the enquiry desks at Crosby Police Station, as well as at Formby, Ainsdale and Copy Lane, while Marsh Lane could go part-time.


The closures follow massive Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts to the Merseyside Police budgets which are expected to see 800 fewer police officers and 1,000 civilian staff axed.

Bill said the move was dangerous and would damage the local communities.

Bill said: "We are now starting to see the real impact of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts. And the impact is to frontline policing here in Merseyside.

"Sefton is the first to feel the effects with the proposed closure of the front desks in Crosby, Formby, Ainsdale and Copy Lane, but this will be carried out right across the county and the region.


"These cuts are dangerous and are damaging for the communities in which the police serve.

"I have raised the issue in parliament, I have spoken to the chief constable and I will work alongside my Labour Action Team colleagues here in Crosby and members of the local community to oppose any plans to close the desks here.

"For many people in Crosbyby, these desks are the only contact they have with the police. It is a damaging step to close them down."

Manor Ward Labour Councillor Diane Roberts said the station was a lifeline to many people in the community.

Cllr Roberts said: "I have been contacted by a number of people who say the decision to close the enquiry desks has already been made.

"If they are closing the enquiry desks at Crosby and Formby and Copy Lane, that just leaves Marsh Lane in the south end of Sefton and that already on reduced hours.

"Not too long ago, I was at a meeting and there was an incident outside. We called the police and we were told there was no coverage locally. This is totally unacceptable, but now it is only going to get worse.

"These are frontline cuts which David Cameron said he would never make."

Crosby Labour Action Team member Veronica Bennett said the closure would be devastating to the community.

Veronica said: "If Crosby Police Station enquiry desk is closed or the hours are reduced, we won't have a local neighbourhood police team. Police operating out of a station miles away isn't part of the community, and that's just what we've benefited from in Crosby and Blundellsands. My family and I have experienced antisocial behaviour in the past. The police responded to the call, but it was the neighbourhood team who kept in touch with us and let us know what they were doing to address the underlying problems with youth gangs in the area. 


"We've had officers that are based in the area and that offer more than just a response to 999 calls. Under these plans, we'll all lose out and I'm worried that it will be vulnerable people in our community, the elderly and those who need reassurance even if it isn't an emergency, who will lose out most."