Police play down impact of station closure

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 February 2015

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The officer in charge of policing Budleigh has told residents the closure of the town's police station will not affect the service.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed last week that the facility in Fore Street is to close, as part of force-wide cost cutting measures.

The force insisted that policing in the town would not be affected, a stance now reiterated by Exmouth police Inspector Antonia Weeks.

She told the Journal: “Officers haven’t been based at Budleigh Police Station for a good 15 years, and for that time policing services have been delivered from Exmouth.

“Police officers would use it for administration purposes, rather than coming back to Exmouth, but this year we’re looking at issuing all officers with mobile data terminals so the need to return to a station is much less now.”

Previously, the force has been linked with a move to other locations in Budleigh, including the fire station, but Inspector Weeks said there was no operational need for this.

Members of the public can now raise crime issues at monthly police ‘have your say’ events at Budleigh Salterton Library.

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