Midlothian anger over police plans

Police proposals to shut the public counters at three Midlothian stations have been met with concern.

Last week, the Advertiser revealed the police board was to consider removing the counter service at Gorebridge, Loanhead and Newbattle in a bid to save money. In addition, the opening hours at Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg and Penicuik would be altered. Danderhall’s disused police station would also be put up for sale.

Lothian and Borders Police Board member Midlothian councillor Jim Muirhead (Lab) represents Gorebridge, one of the communities to be affected by the proposal.

He said he would go into the November 14 meeting with an “open mind” but added: “I have voiced my concerns regarding the message it sends out to people in the areas like Gorebridge and Newtongrange.

“I think it will raise some concerns as to the future of the police stations, although that is not in question at the moment, but certainly it is something one or two people have mentioned to me.”

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