CAMPAIGNERS have intensified their call for Lytham police station to remain open after a terrifying armed robbery in the town centre.
A petition is currently being gathered in a bid to keep the station open amid the threat of total closure as a part of proposed economy cuts by Lancashire Constabulary.
The police’s proposals are currently the subject of a three-month public consultation process – and the Lytham closure plan is set to be discussed as a public meeting two weeks tomorrow.
Anti-closure campaigners have been greatly encouraged by the strength of public reaction against the closure plan – and feel that the armed robbery at the Peter Woodcock and Co jewellery shop last week highlighted exactly why a local police presence is required.
A spokesman for the Lytham Business Partnership involving local traders said: “The potential closure of Lytham police station would leave Lytham residents and businesses exposed in the event of criminal activity or anti-social behaviour and we fear the loss of sense of security that it provides.
“The closure would also take away the continuity and knowledge that is gathered by our uniformed officers.
“The horrendous armed robbery at Peter Woodcock’s should strengthen the case for it remaining open.
“The closure would potentially extend the response time to such crimes to an unacceptable level.
“We are therefore asking residents and business owners of Lytham to support our efforts to keep the station open by signing the petitions and attending the meeting at Lytham Assembly Rooms on September 16.”
Coun Brenda Ackers, one of the anti-closure campaigners, added: “The response so far to the petition has been excellent.
“I don’t think my colleagues and I have encountered anyone who doesn’t want to sign.”
Coun Ken Hopwood said: “I think everyone would agree a police station in any town is an advantage.
“Psychologically people feel more comfortable with a police station and vulnerable without one.”