Meeting over police station closure

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The imminent closure of Port Erin and subsequent impact on policing in the village will be discussed at a meeting of the local authority with police inspector Darrill Pearson.

Last week, June 24, the authority discussed the announcement made the week before that the station – along with Lord Street – is to close and policing of the south will be based at Castletown.

Godfrey Egee said the police had ‘at no point’ discussed alternatives with them, such as an emergency phone being installed at the commissioners’ office.

Phil Crellin said the authority is ‘between a rock and a hard place’, adding: ‘We are in possession of some knowledge that has not been made public, there are more [government cuts] to come. I honestly think this is bad. It [information] is being dripped out to the public.’

The public thinks the Port Erin station ‘is not manned anyway’ said Barbara Guy. She added: ‘Port Erin and Lord Street [stations] were purpose built – this is money gone to waste.’

Steve George added: ‘Crime is at an all time low, will that be maintained?’

‘It is low,’ said Mr Egee. ‘But it’s on the increase.’

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