South Scotland

Locharbriggs police station closure approved

Patrick Shearer
Image caption Chief Constable Pat Shearer has been given approval to close the police station near Dumfries

Councillors have agreed to close a Dumfries and Galloway police station as "surplus to requirements".

A report said that if the Locharbriggs facility was shut it would save at least an estimated £10,000-a-year.

All the staff and police officers will be transferred to Loreburn Street in Dumfries, about three miles away.

A Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary spokesman said there had been no adverse comments during the consultation process.

Concerns were voiced last month after a memo revealed plans to shut the station at the end of March.

It was blamed on a managerial error and Chief Constable Pat Shearer insisted no decision had been taken on its future.

However, police have now been given approval to close the site with a "commitment to maintaining existing levels of service" to the community.

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