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Wallington Police Station set to be closed by the Met

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ONE of the borough's three police stations is set to close, under budget cuts announced by the Met on Wednesday.

The front counter at Wallington Police Station, in Crosspoints House, Stafford Road, is earmarked for closure – one of 65 stations destined for the axe across the capital.

Instead, the Met wants officers to be available to the public in locations such as supermarkets and post offices, as it looks to save money by selling off a large slice of its building stock.

Steve O'Connell, London Assembly member for Croydon and Sutton, said: "What the public wants is more constables out on the streets and longer hours for SNTs.

"They're not particularly bothered about buildings. They want to see the front line protected and, in this case, bulked up.

"What I'm excited about are plans to use post offices and public libraries as contact points. That's where the big footfall is."

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake described the closure as "very disappointing".

He said: "What I want to see now is the ability for residents to report a crime in other ways instead of having to go to the Sutton station.

"I'd like to see apps developed to report a crime, or a number, or a website. I want to see much easier ways of people being able to report crime."


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