Premises found for police station move

Alternative premises have been identified for a police station in Blyth.

Northumbria Police are planning to close the current stations in Blyth and Cramlington, with guarantees that a police presence will remain in both towns.

In response to MP Ronnie Campbell’s concerns raised in last week’s News Post Leader, police and crime commissioner Vera Baird said: “In relation to Blyth, new fit for purpose accommodation is available at Arms Evertyne House on Quay Road, which is a short distance from the current premises.

“The proposals have been on display in Blyth Library and local residents have been encouraged to give feedback.

“The new base will offer business as usual, opening hours are not affected and police officers will still be on hand to discuss any concerns or issues residents may have.”

Mr Campbell added: “It’s very important that these townships have a police presence.

“If we’ve got police on the ground we will cut crime.

“Cramlington is my biggest worry. I hope this won’t leave a big town without a police presence.

“We don’t need a big station, just somewhere to park the police cars and for people to pop in.”