Chief constable to discuss Bottesford police station closure at public meeting

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THE Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, is to attend a public meeting to discuss policing in the Vale of Belvoir and the proposed closure of Bottesford Police Office.

The meeting will be held at Bottesford Village Hall on Monday, January 17 at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

Roger Turnbull, chairman of Bottesford Parish Council, said: “It is clear the concerns we raised at the end of last year in light of the announcement have made it to the top.

“We have invited all parish council chairman and Neighbourhood Watch coordinators in the Vale to attend and would encourage as many interested people as possible to come along to listen and make their views known.”

Bottesford Police Office, in Queen Street, is one of 12 police buildings in Leicestershire and Rutland earmarked for closure. It is used by Melton police’s rural north beat team which comprises two beat officers and two community support officers. The beat covers about 40 villages.

Leicestershire Police insists the building won’t be sold until it has identified an alternative base both in Bottesford and at other strategic locations within the beat area and pledged there will be no reduction in staffing levels.