Councillor’s bid to save police station

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PORTSMOUTH City Councillor Luke Stubbs has described a plan to shut Southsea Police Station as ‘undemocratic and frankly outrageous’.

The Tory councillor for Eastney and Craneswater has written to Hampshire Police Authority to protest against plans to shut the station, one of 18 to be closed to help save £50m.

He wrote: ‘It must be saved. It performs an important role in fighting crime in south- eastern Portsmouth

‘I accept the authority must save money, but closing stations isn’t the way to do it.

‘Frontline services should only be cut as a last resort.

‘It’s undemocratic and frankly outrageous.’

As well as Southsea, stations at Hayling Island and Petersfield are also set to shut under the plan, as reported in The News yesterday.

Police are also reviewing whether it needs buildings at Gunwharf Quays and Marine Parade in Portsmouth, the Havant Victim Witness Interview Service, Portsmouth International Port and Crofton Community Centre in Stubbington.