Wayne David MP presents petition to save Caerphilly Borough’s police stations.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has presented a petition containing over 1000 signatures from residents of the Caerphilly Borough regarding the future of the Borough’s police stations. The petition was presented to the Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Carmel Napier, at the Gwent Police Headquarters at Cwmbran.
The names on the petition were collected door-to-door during the recent election campaign and online. The petition calls for the Chief Constable to think again about her decision to close to the public most of the police stations in the Caerphilly Borough. Because of central government cuts, in July the Chief Constable intends to close to the public the police stations at Risca, Caerphilly, Bargoed, Bedwas, Ystrad Mynach and Rhymney.
Wayne David said,"I sincerely hope that the Chief Constable will have second thoughts about her plans for the police stations in the Borough. Police stations are a source of reassurance in local communities and for the elderly and those living in disadvantaged communities, a fully functioning police station is vital.
Police stations should be open to the public and have a relationship with local communities. They should not be faceless bunkers."
Click here to see an enlarged version of the picture below of Wayne David handing over the petition to Chief Constable Carmel Napier.