Council concerned at policing changes

Brigg Police Station - closure of the desk feared. EMN-140112-084525001
Brigg Police Station - closure of the desk feared. EMN-140112-084525001

Brigg Town Council is writing to Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove over planned changes to policing in the town.

Speaking at the monthly meeting, Coun Mike Campion expressed concern that at the start of their duties the police will now, he understood, report at Ashby or Barton Police Station, but no longer at Brigg.

“I am concerned also that the reception desk at Brigg Police Station is to be kept open,” said Coun Campion. “Local people need a point to refer to.”

More than 300 people, he reported, signed a petition in the town in just two hours urging retention of the Brigg desk.

Coun Campion said he recognised Brigg’s crime rate was low compared to other parts of the police area, which still retains the old Humberside boundaries,

“But we still need a police presence in the town,” he added.

But Coun Rob Waltham had concerns about the motives of Coun Campion: “It is important we don’t over politicise this,” he said.

Coun Waltham said the closure of the police desk was not going to happen - Sgt Garlick had confirmed this at the meeting of the Neighbourhood Action Team.

He agreed to seek clarification though on this as a North Lincolnshire Councillor, from the Commissioner.

Coun Carl Sherwood, also in the North Lincolnshire chamber, said January 2015 would see confirmation of future policing policy.