Bid to close police station at night

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Bellshill’s police station will be closed to the public at night if a plan to ‘maximise resources’ is approved.

It follows a review which, bosses claim, shows an increasing number of people contacting the police by telephone or Facebook instead of attending at the Thorn Road office.

The Bellshill public counter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the plan is to restrict opening to between 8am and 6pm.

A police spokesman said surveys had been carried out throughout Lanarkshire to see when people are most likely to visit their police station.

He stressed: “The ways in which members of our community contact the police have changed significantly in recent times since the introduction of the Police Scotland Facebook page, Twitter feeds, e-mail and, more recently, the single non-emergency number, 101.

“The use of these has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of people who actually use our public counters.”

Full story in the Bellshill Speaker & Motherwell Times, out on Wednesday.