Stonehaven escapes station closures

Stonehaven police office has escaped the fate of 65 other police stations across Scotland which face having their public counters closed.

North East MSP Alison McInnes this week criticised Police Scotland for turning its back on many North East communities after it was revealed that public counters at police stations across the region are set to reduce their opening hours or close entirely.

However the Stonehaven office will only be having its public opening hours altered. It is proposed that the office will open to the public from 7am to midnight instead of 8am to 1am.

The nationwide review of police office public counters has recommended that 69 stations across Scotland close or share their front desk. Mrs McInnes commented: “The police are turning their backs on many North East communities, and local policing is being eroded. The proposed closure of 65 public counters in police stations across Scotland could have a real impact on long-established links between police and our communities.”