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Friday, 20 July 2018

Wimbledon Police station " to stay open"

The High Court has today quashed the decision by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to close Wimbledon Police Station.

It's after Professor Paul Kohler launched a Judicial Review into his plans to close over 30 stations London wide in order to save money.

Although Mr Kohler wasn't successful in halting the other station closures, the High Court Judge said Wimbledon should stay open.

Mr Kohler was left with severe facial injuries after he was attacked inside his own home in 2014.

He says it was only because the police were so close that his life was saved.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons comments: “Overall we are pleased with the judgement and happy that we can now continue our wider transformation programme – acknowledging that the decision regarding Wimbledon Police Station requires some reconsideration by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime.

"We maintain that the changes to local policing in London, which followed the consultation were, and remain, necessary to secure an effective and efficient police service across London within our available resources.

"Our research showed that many front counters were inefficient and little used while our online crime reporting continues to grow, with 50 per cent more crimes being reported online than in all the front counters we previously operated and with the overwhelming majority of reports being made over the telephone.

"We remain committed to one 24/7 front counter in every borough and the money saved by closing the least used counters is being invested to maintain front-line services including neighbourhood officers and emergency response.

"We always recognised that many would be disappointed to lose their front counters, but they can be reassured that police were never retreating from their communities - we have more dedicated ward officers and, more often than not, the officers who respond to emergency calls are deployed while they are on patrol rather than from a police station."
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