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Belvedere police station to close as Met slashes budget

PUBLISHED: 17:44 09 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 January 2013

Bexleyheath police station is staying open but its Belvedere counterpart is being axed

Bexleyheath police station is staying open but its Belvedere counterpart is being axed

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The front counter at Belvedere Police Station will be shut as part of proposals to trim £500 million from the Metropolitan Police budget by 2016.

It joins 63 others stations across the capital and leaves Bexley with two sites, Marlowe House in Sidcup and Bexleyheath police station, in Arnsberg Way.

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“It’s not like we’ve withdrawn completely from the high street or communities.”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