Police to close front desk at Kettering station

Police outside Kettering Council's Bowling Green Road headquarters

Police outside Kettering Council's Bowling Green Road headquarters

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People will no longer be able to pop into Kettering’s police station in order to make inquiries or report incidents from April.

Northamptonshire Police has revealed plans to shut its front office services at its station in London Road, Kettering, in four months.

Instead, members of the public are being asked to go to the nearby borough council offices – something criticised by a Kettering councillor.

From January the police inquiry desk at the council will be open in office hours from Monday to Saturdays.

The police station inquiry desk will be open in the evenings and at weekends until it shuts in April.

Police want the move to increase the visibility of police in line with the force’s Futures Programme.

Supt Andy Cox said: “I hope people will be happy to see police staff when they call into the council offices and maybe consider coming to us for some crime prevention advice or to report an incident while they’re paying their council tax or speaking to a housing officer.”

But Labour county councillor Mick Scrimshaw said people would be “extremely concerned”, and criticised the lack of public meetings to discuss the plans.

He added: “I think the annoying thing is that this has been done to save money and not to offer a better service.”

County councillors last week issued warnings over plans to close Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden police stations. The future of Corby’s is uncertain.

Labour leader Cllr John McGhee said: “They are a front-line service. I know my constituents like to go and speak to someone directly.”