Police inquiry desk in Oakham will remain open despite closures announcement

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A police front inquiry desk in Oakham will remain open despite a proposal by police to close four across the area.

Leicestershire Police announced today (Tuesday) it is planning to close four of its 17 front inquiry desks as part of the Government’s comprehensive spending review to save £20m by 2016.

Footfall data reveals that Oakham Police Station’s has an average of 43 per week through its doors.

Some desks had fewer than 30 people per week.

The front inquiry desks that will close are at stations in Syston, Lutterworth, Belgrave and Braunstone.

The force has said it may look to reduce the opening hours of others.

At the moment, the police have a front inquiry desk at the police station in Station Road but in February it was revealed that a force’s planning application to build a new smaller station at its premises in Station Road will not have a reception.

At the time Leicestershire Police confirmed it was in talks with Rutland County Council to run a desk from its offices in Catmose. The force has not yet said whether it still plans to go ahead with this.