More than half of police stations will close to the public

More than half of London’s police stations will close to the public in a new drive by Sadiq Khan to save £8m.

London’s Labour mayor blames Conservative government cuts for forcing him to shut 39 ‘front counters’ - writes itv.com.

The Met will be left with one police station in each of London’s 32 boroughs plus possibly six others.

City Hall claimed the ‘drastic measures’ would save the cost of 140 police constables.

Scotland Yard’s budget has been slashed by £600m since 2010. Further cuts of £400m must be found by 2021.

An additional police station could be opened near Grenfell Tower, north Kensington, to ‘respond to local concerns’, said officials.

City Hall said previous cuts meant nine communities in outer London suburbs were now more than one hour away from a police station.

The drastic nature of Government cuts to policing budgets has left us with no choice but to take drastic action and make some very difficult decisions.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

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