Met Police chiefs accused of 'cuts by stealth' over closure of Hampstead station
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 August 2012
Met Police chiefs have been accused of making "cuts by stealth" by a London Assembly member following the Ham&High's revelation that Hampstead police station could be closed within a matter of months.
GLA member for Camden and Barnet Andrew Dismore has written to the deputy mayor for policing and crime to get answers over the future of the 99-year-old police hub in Rosslyn Hill.
Last week the Ham&High exclusively revealed that plans are in motion which could see the Grade I-listed building shut in as little as six months.
Arrangements are already being discussed to rehouse members of the neighbourhood policing teams who are based at the station, the Ham&High understands.
Mr Dismore said: “The move is deeply worrying, and completely out of the blue.
“I will be taking this issue up as a matter of urgency with deputy mayor for policing and crime and will also raise this in my next meeting with the Camden Borough Commander of the Metropolitan Police.
“What we are seeing are police cuts by stealth.”
A spokesman for the Met said: “Hampstead Police Station is currently under-occupied for use, meaning that the building is larger than needed and is also costly to run and maintain.
“No decisions have been made about this building but we are reviewing it in the light of the operational policing requirements in the borough and across the capital.”