Belper police station to shut

Belper police station is to close – as chiefs at the Derbyshire force attempt to plug a multi-million pound cut in their budget.

In June 2012, the enquiry office on Field Lane was among nine closed as the force found ways to trim costs. However, officers were still able to operate from the station.

Other potential tenants were sought for the building, which in turn would have allowed police to remain there.

However, after no-one expressed an interest the force confirmed it would close the entire building – and currently there is no alternative base in Belper.

A force spokesman said: “Unfortunately, it has not been possible to find alternative tenants and it is therefore not cost effective to continue to operate from Belper Police Station. We are actively seeking expressions of interest in the building. The force is still looking at alternative locations within Belper for the Safer Neighbourhood team.”

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the force it has to reduce its budget by £6.3million to between £166m and £169m in 2014/15.

The police spokesman added: “Over the last four years Derbyshire Constabulary has had to make some tough decisions to enable it to balance its budgets. This has included rationalising the number of properties that it operates from and ensuring that it is making the best use of its existing properties.”

Belper’s MP Pauline Latham, who previously expressed dismay at the closure, said: “It’s a great shame that this important facility is closing.”