Village fears losing police station

A police station in North Devon has gone up for sale, leaving residents concerned at dwindling police presence.

A VILLAGE in North Devon is concerned it is going to lose all police presence as its police station goes up for sale.

But Braunton Parish Council has assured worried residents they will fight to save the station in Caen Street car park.

Speaking at the parish council meeting on Monday, PC Mark Langworthy confirmed the decision.

PC Langworthy said: “It is true that the station is up for sale, but I understand that whoever takes over the property must keep one or two rooms for the police to conduct their business.

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“Let me assure you that the officers who work here love Braunton, we want to make it a safe and happy place to live in.

“I have no knowledge at this current moment that I or any other officer will be moving from the area.”

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But this did little to ease councillors’ qualms about losing police presence, especially after many police front desks across the area, including Braunton, were closed last year.

Many were also outraged at the idea of the police sharing the building.

Councillor Jasmine Chesters said: “Surely you cannot have confidential police matters and files while a business is being run in the room next door; that is just ridiculous.”

The parish council voted they would not sit back and watch the police station vanish, and they would write to the chief constable to air their concerns on the matter.

Chairman Marguerite Shapland said: “It is the police station that we want and we should take a proactive approach in saving it.

“The Parish Council sold the land for a police station, and a police station only, to be built, and we had to fight for that to happen. We must find out if this was a legally binding agreement.”

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