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Bromley police stations to close as Met slash budget

PUBLISHED: 15:46 09 January 2013

Orpington Police Station

Orpington Police Station

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Front counters at two of Bromley's five police stations will be shut as part of proposals to trim £500million from the Metropolitan Police budget by 2016.

Biggin Hill Airport’s station and Orpington police station, in The Walnuts, will be closed - joining 63 others across the capital.

Bromley police station, in High Street, will remain open along with Copperfield House, in Maple Road, Penge, and West Wickham police office, in High Street, West Wickham.

Assistant Commissioner, Simon Byrne, admitted that front counters where people will be able to report crime and seek advice would be operational under reduced hours.

He said: “In every borough across London we will still have a fully staffed police station open 24 hours a day.

“It’s not like we’ve withdrawn completely from the high street or communities.”

The Met has proposed to co-locate front counters in supermarkets, coffee shops and will carry out a pilot in the Post Office.

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