Not too late for police counter U-turn, MSPs told

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IT’S not too late for a change of heart on police counter closures, MSPs were told today.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes was set to use a debate in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon to highlight the value of local policing and argue against plans to close 65 police stations across Scotland to the public.

Ahead of the debate, she said: “The doors to our police stations have not yet been locked. Control rooms remain open. Police officers are still out in the communities. It is not too late to turn back the clock, reverse police counter closures and ensure local policing is 

“Police Scotland is wrong to choose to target community policing. It might be an easy budget cut but it risks damaging decades of work.”

Almost 1200 people have backed the Evening News’ Save Our Stations campaign to stop the closure of ten counters in Edinburgh and the Lothians.