Hampstead and West Hampstead police station counters set to close

Front counters at Hampstead, West Hampstead and Golders Green police stations are set to close, the Ham&High understands.

Police chiefs have drawn up plans to shut down the counters as they scour their budgets for more than �500million worth of savings across the capital over the next three years.

In Camden, Holborn police station is set to stay open 24 hours a day and opening hours at Kentish Town will be scaled back to 40 hours a week. The Met has proposed to set up 10 alternative contact points across the borough including a coffee shop in Highgate, the Royal Free Hospital and Hampstead Community Centre.

Consultation with “priority stakeholders” ended today (Thursday) and the Metropolitan Police’s top brass will now finalise their plans.

Labour London Assembly member for Camden and Barnet Andrew Dismore said: “The emergency services are being decimated. The police and fire service cuts are absolutely horrendous, it’s a total dog’s dinner.”

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “We are reviewing our front counter services at police stations to see how effectively these services are used. We have looked closely at how many and what types of crime are reported in person at police stations, which will help inform any decisions to alter opening hours or close front counters whilst being there where victims need us.”

Plans are already in place to withdraw officers from Grade II-listed Hampstead Police Station in Rosslyn Hill and police sources say the police hub could be empty as early as Christmas.