Corringham police station to remain closed

Thurrock Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts. Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

CORRINGHAM police station will remain closed as a working station despite calls for it to reopen.

Speaking at the full Thurrock Council meeting last night, Essex police’s assistant chief constable Maurice Mason said the situation dictated the closure in September 2011.

Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts. It was hoped at the time the move would give Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope more police presence.

The front desk of the Gordon Road station though will reopen this year, enabling residents to report crime face-to-face.

Mr Mason said he’ll increase police visibility in the town after councillors raised their concerns that the closure coupled with the lack of a police presence was worrying residents.

Mr Mason said: “I don’t want to close any police station but the situation dictates that we must look if it is affective to keep stations open.

“I know it’s an emotive issue, and I know it’s important, and that leads me on to visibility. The station is a representation of that visibility but I believe there are things we can do to provide that service.

“We don’t want to let people down and we’ll do all we can to increase visibility in the area even though the station is closed.”

The meeting also highlighted figures showing a 28 per cent rise in hate crime in the borough. Of that figure, 81 percent is race related.

Councillor Lynn Worrall, in charge of communities, asked Mr Mason and chief superintendent Andy Prophet, who was also at the meeting, what they were going to do to halt the figure.

She said: “What are the police going to do to make our residents feel safe? We’ve got a problem with it and want the police to tackle it.

Mr Mason responded: “Hate crime is one area I want to get under control, but I think we are getting our act together with it, and we’re getting people in different communities to prioritise these matters.”

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11:29am Thu 27 Mar 14

ejgorham says...

With the significant increase in house burglary and car theft in the Corringham and Stanford area, I would suggest that thieves/gangs are targeting the area due to no police presence out of hours.
With the significant increase in house burglary and car theft in the Corringham and Stanford area, I would suggest that thieves/gangs are targeting the area due to no police presence out of hours. ejgorham
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12:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jb66 says...

ejgorham wrote:
With the significant increase in house burglary and car theft in the Corringham and Stanford area, I would suggest that thieves/gangs are targeting the area due to no police presence out of hours.
Of course they are, I'd like to see the statistics on how many burglaries, car thefts etc., have increased since the police station closure compared to when it was open. There is no police presence in Stanford Le Hope/Corringham of a night, there was a huge fight in Conrad Road last year after the Music Festival had finished despite numerous people calling 999 it took them at least 15 minutes to get there, they had all dispersed funnily enough.
[quote][p][bold]ejgorham[/bold] wrote: With the significant increase in house burglary and car theft in the Corringham and Stanford area, I would suggest that thieves/gangs are targeting the area due to no police presence out of hours.[/p][/quote]Of course they are, I'd like to see the statistics on how many burglaries, car thefts etc., have increased since the police station closure compared to when it was open. There is no police presence in Stanford Le Hope/Corringham of a night, there was a huge fight in Conrad Road last year after the Music Festival had finished despite numerous people calling 999 it took them at least 15 minutes to get there, they had all dispersed funnily enough. Jb66
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2:51pm Thu 27 Mar 14

coddy says...

And i dont know if people have noticed but the Council tax payment to Essex police has gone up as well. The only police station in Thurrock is in Grays and there mighte be one in Tilbury i think
And i dont know if people have noticed but the Council tax payment to Essex police has gone up as well. The only police station in Thurrock is in Grays and there mighte be one in Tilbury i think coddy
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