White House move for Leighton police?
Cash-strapped Leighton Police may soon be squatting in rooms at the town’s council offices in a bid to ensure that there will always be some sort of station in the town.
The innovative idea has been suggested by Leighton-Linslade Town Council leader David Bowater after he held a top level meeting with Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock that had been arranged by concerned MP Andrew Selous.
Mr Bowater, and the town council, had been critical that Beds Police Authority had downgraded the Hockliffe Road Police Station following a massive overhaul of the force that came into effect on October 1.
Since that date police officers start and end their shifts at Luton Police Station and only drop in to Leighton’s Peel Court premises for a rest break. The old station is now only home to six community bobbies and a lot of memories of when it was a fully staffed working police station alongside a magistrates court.
After his meeting Mr Bowater revealed his suggestion to members of the town council’s police liaison sub committee. He has also thrown up the idea of possibly the fire station and police station sharing a site in Leighton.
For the full story and for Insp Jim Hitch’s view on policing in Leighton see the October 23 issue of the LBO. On sale now.
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