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East Ham police station faces closure threat

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 July 2012

East Ham police station is facing closure under Metropolitan Police proposals to trim its estate.

The facility in High Street South is one of nine in London to have been approved for sale in principle by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

The station is open full-time from 6am to 10pm, but it is now considered outdated by the Met.

A spokesman said: “The police estate contains over 800 buildings many of which, including some of our police stations, provide poor working conditions for staff, are inefficient for modern day policing and are being replaced by more modern, efficient and geographically responsive facilities.

“The MPS is reviewing the whole of the property estate to ensure we are making best use of it and identifying efficiency savings that can be reinvested into operational policing.”

A report released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) revealed the Met Police needs to cut £232 million from its budget by March 2015.

The axe is also likely to fall on police officers, with 1,410 posts set to go in the same period.

HMIC inspector Stephen Otter, said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is working to address the financial challenge of the 2010 spending review, and has identified considerable savings.

“However, it needs to find another £232m before it can balance its books – and currently has no plans to

outline how this will be achieved.

“Both the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and the MPS Commissioner have declared a firm intention to deal with these

issues.”


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