Decision to close police station is
reversed

Police Commissioner Alan Hardwick is welcomed to Caistor by PC Chris Bell, PCSO Neil Harrison and Volunteer Val Fell
Police Commissioner Alan Hardwick is welcomed to Caistor by PC Chris Bell, PCSO Neil Harrison and Volunteer Val Fell

Caistor Police Station will not be closed - that was the message from Police Commissioner Alan Hardwick as he visited the town on Monday.

One of the smallest stations - or boxes as they are known - in the county, the Caistor site was earmarked for closure, but Mr Hardwick said that would be a ‘no brainer’ as its value to the community is ‘inestimable.’

“I don’t want any police station to close while they are an asset to the community.

“Caistor is one of the busiest in the county so it would be a no brainer to close it.

“Its value to the community is inestimable; it is not just used by the officers and PCSOs based here but by many others, who cover a huge area of the county - more than 120 square miles.”

There was praise too for volunteer Val Fell, who has manned the front desk and engaged with the community for the past two years.

She was described by the Commissioner as the ‘face of Lincolnshire policing in this area.’

“Val exemplifies the sort of volunteer I had in mind when I announced recruiting 1,000 volunteers over the next three years,” he said.

“Volunteers are not just enquires about becoming a PCSO or special constable, but volunteers to do work for the police that would better connect them to the communities they serve.”