Ribble Valley 999 police based in Blackburn?

A “whistleblower” has revealed there are controversial plans to significantly cut the number of police officers based at Clitheroe.

There are claims that, from April 1st, all responsive local police officers based at the King Street station will be moved to Blackburn as part of a cost-cutting initiative, meaning they will have to travel from Blackburn, to respond to 999 calls in the rural borough.

The whistleblower claims this will mean, in real terms, the loss of 30 officers from Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley will be amalgamated into a larger division for emergency policing.

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Earlier this week, police chiefs admitted “some officers” would be required to start work from Greenbank or Colne police stations. However, they stressed a permanent neighbourhood policing team would continue to work out of, and be based at, Clitheroe Police Station.

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