Officers in bid to allay fears over closure of police station

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A POLICE FORCE has attempted to reassure members of the public after confirming a police station which has served part of Sheffield for 86 years is to close its doors.

The announcement that Hillsborough’s Hammerton Road, which first opened in 1928, is set to shut its doors was met with disappointment from the community and Sheffield Brightside MP David Blunkett this week.

South Yorkshire Police said it had no option but to close the outdated facility, deemed “unfit for purpose”, this autumn as it attempts to claw back £49m in savings.

Officers based at the site will be relocated to another police building two miles away in Kenyon Street, while bosses decide what to do with Hammerton Road.

They said plans are in place to ensure the move has minimal impact on the community.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, district commander for Sheffield, said: “While it has been a fantastic servant to the force over many years, Hammerton Road police station is an ageing building and is no longer fit for purpose. I’ve commissioned a project team looking at a number of options for a new police building to be situated in the same area, serving the local community.

“The only staff still working at Hammerton Road are officers from the local safer neighbourhood team.

“Given improvements to mobile technology, we’re confident that this temporary relocation, estimated to be around 18-months to two years, will have a minimal impact on the local community. we need to make sure our officers are appropriately equipped to perform their roles, operating from the most suitable locations to meet the needs of local people.”

Mr Blunkett said: “I am very keen that whatever cash exists, and the South Yorkshire Police are under enormous pressure on expenditure outside serving the people of South Yorkshire, should be on neighbourhood policing and beat teams.

“Regrettable as it may be, I cannot raise any objection to the closure of buildings.”