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Scottish Liberal Democrats condemn police counter closures

February 7, 2014 4:18 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have expressed deep disappointment at the news that around 60 police stations across Scotland will close their doors to the public following a controversial review by Police Scotland. Police Scotland announced today that only a handful of the stations marked to close their doors to the public have been given reprieve.

The closures come barely a week after it was announced that frontline police and fire control rooms are to close.

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

"This announcement is a direct result of police centralisation. After aWillie RennieWillie Rennie short and limited consultation Police Scotland have confirmed our worst fears. It is deeply disappointing that around 60 frontline police stations across Scotland are to close their doors to the public. Only a handful of those marked for the axe have been given reprieve.

"In the space of less than one year Kenny MacAskill has taken a wrecking ball to local justice. Frontline police and fire control rooms are being shut, 26 local courts are being closed, police counters are closing their doors to the public, stop and search numbers have rocketed and fundamental pillars of our system such as corroboration are set to be carelessly ripped out of legislation.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats condemn this full-scale retreat of local services from our communities, which is being done in the pursuit of the SNP's obsession with centralisation."