A POLICE station in one of the city’s most crime-ridden areas is set to remain open after West Mercia bosses made a dramatic u-turn.
Warndon Police Station in Cranham Drive was named as one of several smaller bases in the county earmarked for relocation last February as West Mercia Police looked to make savings of £20.1million by 2015.
Discussions had already taken place with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to relocate the station to their headquarters in Charles Hastings Way, but the proposals caused outrage among residents and the area’s councillor, Coun Alan Amos who said it needed to remain in the heart of the community.
Coun Amos said he was delighted with the decision.
“The lack of a police station on Cranham Drive would have severely undermined the battle against crime and left local people feeling abandoned and doubting the police’s commitment to the area,” he added.
“This police station is absolutely vital to the continuing success of our local community policing.
“It is a hub where the local police can co-ordinate their work and build up a strong knowledge of the local community. The location of it is so important being right in the centre of the community being policed.
“I know this decision will reassure the people of Warndon and Gorse Hill that the police remain firmly committed to the area and to continuing the battle against all forms of crime and anti-social behaviour.”
The building, which is shared with Worcester Community Housing, will also retain a larger upstairs office as a base for Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT).
Assistant Chief Constable, Gareth Morgan, said SNTs played a vital role in keeping the community safe from harm.
“It is very important they are based in a suitable place for them to work from, so I am pleased these officers will continue to be based in the area, to investigate crime, carry out local patrols and be a visible presence,” he said.