POLL: Police removes desk for public to report crime

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 June 2019

Castlewood.

Castlewood.

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A service which connected the community with its police officers has been cut in a bid to save cash.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has ended its contract with Agiliysis in North Somerset to provide a more cost effective option.

The service was provided through North Somerset Council and saw an enquiry office set up at Clevedon's Castlewood.

However the move has meant Clevedon will no longer have this service due to a low footfall.

Neighbourhood Police Committee chairman Dave Brockington said: "There is a telephone and if you go to Castlewood you can use that to speak to an officer in Nailsea.

"It has been difficult to go and talk to them. They are fine, hardworking community police but we now risk losing their presence in the town centre.

"A loss of officers in the town will not be good.

"Our community police force regularly come to our meetings but if it is going to lead to less officers policing then that is a pity."

Mr Brockington and the neighbourhood policing committee regularly work with the town's PCSOs in the speedwatch programme.

Dave said it would be a 'step backwards' for the public to lose some access to police officers and staff.

He added: "Our people must have a form of contact if they come to the police station but instead they must pick up a telephone."

But the police have assured members of the public there will be no job losses as a result of the change.

A spokesman for the force added: "Police beat teams will remain at 
their current site in Clevedon.

"A yellow hatch is installed at Clevedon which provides residents with a direct line to our communications centre, 24 hours a day.

"Alternatively residents can visit a neighbouring enquiry office or access our services online, by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency."

The Clevedon Police Station, which used to be in Queens Road, closed in January 2013 and was sold off later that year amid financial challenges.

The police say they are committed to keeping an enquiry office in Nailsea and Weston.

The Nailsea branch is open Monday to Friday from 10am-6pm. Weston's is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am-5pm and on Saturdays from 9am-2.30pm.

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