Mayor of London report confirms Hampstead Police Station closure
PUBLISHED: 12:28 25 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 25 March 2013
Plans from the Mayor of London to close Hampstead Police Station have been given the go-ahead in a report published today.
Following three months of public consultation, the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) today announced the Hampstead station, in Rosslyn Hill, would close as part of London-wide police cutbacks.
Front counters at West Hampstead Police Station, in Fortune Green Road, and Albany Street Police Station, in Regent’s Park, will also close.
However, the West Hampstead station will be retained for operational needs and a “contact point” provided at the building.
Plans for a contact point to be set up at the Royal Free Hospital are also being “explored”, according to today’s report.
Under the original plans, Kentish Town Police Station, in Holmes Road, was set to have its current front counter service cut from 24-hour to just daytime operation.
However today’s report reveals that, following consultation, it will now continue to operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
On the other hand, the front counter at Holborn Police Station, in Bloomsbury, will lose its 24-hour staffing and instead be operated during daytime hours only.
Contact points are currently open at four sites across Camden for an hour every Wednesday and Thursday evening, between 7pm and 8pm, and every Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 3pm.
There are contact points at Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) bases in Camden Town, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and Highgate.
Contact points are locations for non-urgent, face-to-face contact between the public and local police.
For more on today’s MOPAC report, see Thursday’s Ham&High.
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