Letter: Police station cuts reducing efficiency

Corstorphine Police Station. Picture: TSPL
Corstorphine Police Station. Picture: TSPL
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ON Tuesday I was taking a walk with my wife through Morningside when we found a ladies’ handbag laying on the pavement.

I picked it up and checked - there was money and credit cards in it, so I assumed it had not been stolen. The woman was well in her eighties, her bus pass told us, and we were worried that she was wandering about Morningside with no money and no bus pass.

I decided to contact the police on their 101 number the lady I spoke to took all my details plus the lady’s details and asked if I could hand it into a police station. I said I would be happy to do this if she could tell me of any that are still open. She said that Corstorphine police station was open from 9am till 5pm, I agreed to take it there.

When we got there, it was closed. I picked up the phone at the door and was connected to police Scotland. The chap I spoke to said he would try to get someone to come see me. I had just hung up when a police van with two officers pulled up, also another police car behind. I thought he was sent to see me but this was not the case, he said they were all on lunch. He said he would get someone to come see me I waited a further 20 mins, there was one police van and at least three police cars in their car park yet no one responded. As I was leaving there was an old man trying to get in - I wished him luck.

This morning I received two phone calls from Police Scotland, the first to apologise for my treatment at Corstorphine and asking if I would take the goods to another police station. I told the caller I had managed to contact the family and returned the bag to a grateful couple.

Thirty minutes later another call from Police Scotland said they had a car in my area and could collect the goods. Not only do they not talk to us, they don’t talk to each other. Thank God it was nothing serious.

Mr Raymond Ross, Hutchison Avenue Edinburgh