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Reader's letter: Listen to those you serve

It would appear that Newark Police Station will move further away from the population it is meant to serve.

Our Chief Constable states that a police station is only an office space or a base.

No. It signifies the presence of the law. It is a contact point, a place of safety.

He also states that moving the police station enables them to work better with their partners. He appears to mean Newark and Sherwood District Council.

No mention of the public.

Robert Peel said: “The police are the public. The public are the police.” Sounds like a partnership to me, but perhaps not in Newark.

More than 600 police stations have closed in England and Wales since 2010, thus reducing the visibility of the police.

A quick glance at the national press should be enough to inform one and all that this is not what the public wants.

76% of respondents to a recent Advertiser poll were against moving the police station, regardless of money saved or extra boots on the ground.

The opinions of the paymasters account for nothing.

What next for Newark? A caravan tucked away on the Northern Road Industrial Estate? ­— G. E. DICKENSON, Newark.

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