Dagenham Police Station saved!
Following many months of consultation, decisions have finally been made with regard to the boroughs police stations.
After hearing the news that the Dagenham Police Station on Rainham Road South was set to close, Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham launched a local campaign to fight the proposal. The campaign really took off locally, with petitions and posters being put up in shops and businesses across the area.
The 1000 plus petitioners and campaigners fighting the closure of Dagenham Police Station will be glad to hear it has been saved and will operate as a front counter open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Jon Cruddas said: "I am very pleased to hear that Dagenham Police Station will be saved from the cuts. Following the news that the station was to close I began a local campaign and raised a petition to fight the decision. The petition was signed by over 1000 local residents and I'm sure everyone in the area will be glad to hear that the station will survive this round of government cuts.
"In addition to the campaign, the Metropolitan Police in the area have been relentlessly fighting against the cuts in a series of consultations. This is as much a victory for them as it is for the people of Dagenham and Rainham.
"The Met Police do a sterling job in our local community and I know that all their hard work is greatly appreciated by residents. They work closely with many community groups and organisations, engaging tirelessly to ensure the safety of the borough.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Borough Commander, Chief Supt Andy Ewing, the Metropolitan Police and everybody who signed the petition and supported the campaign."
Although the station in Dagenham East has been saved, the government cuts to policing will include closing the front counter at Marks Gate Police Station which will become a contact point for non-urgent issues. In addition to this the front counter at Barking Police Station will reduce from 24 hours to a standard daytime counter and in the autumn it will relocate to Barking Learning Centre in the town square.
Contact points across the borough will be open between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and between 2pm and 3pm on Saturdays and are also located at 2a Farr Avenue, Barking, 442 Hedgemans Road, Dagenham and 2 Station Parade, Dagenham.