Midlothian police closures ‘just the start’

Adam Montgomery outside Bonnyrigg Police Station.
Adam Montgomery outside Bonnyrigg Police Station.

The slashing of front counter provision at two Midlothian police stations would be a “false economy” according to one local councillor.

Speaking after an announcement by Police Scotland, that public access is to be scaled back in Penicuik, and axed altogether in Bonnyrigg, Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab) warned that the move would lead to officers being pulled from the streets.

The former vice-chairman of the Police Board on Lothian Regional Council said: “The police need to save something like £200 million.

“The only way you can do that with a people-led service is to cut the bodies. When you do that you cut the service. This is just the start.

“The argument is that there will be more frontline police but if you don’t have the backroom staff to do the administrative work then officers will be taken of the streets. It’s a false economy.”

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According to police, the proposals are aimed at providing “a consistent and more efficient service in local communities”, and have been made following “careful analysis” of the level of use of public counter services in the Division.

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