Highlands & Islands

Northern Constabulary urges closure of police stations

Police officer and car
Image caption The force said its presence would not be reduced in the areas affected

A Scottish force has repeated its call to a police board to approve the closure of 16 stations across the Highlands and Islands.

Northern Joint Police Board deferred taking a decision on the proposed closures in November last year.

Ian Latimer, chief constable of Northern Constabulary, has asked the board to agree to the move to help cut costs in advance of Friday's meeting.

Officers in most areas would share buildings with other public services.

Northern Constabulary said closing stations would not reduce its presence in the areas affected.

Force management have re-submitted their recommendation to shut and sell off the 16 stations.

The sites that could close are in Scalloway and Dunrossness on Shetland and Stromness on Orkney.

Barvas, Carloway, Ness and Tarbert on the Western Isles could also close, as well as Broadford on Skye.

Across the Highlands, Bettyhill, Lybster, Evanton, Cromarty, Spean Bridge, Beauly, Drumnadrochit and Ardersier are also in the firing line.

It has also been suggested that operating hours could be reduced at Lerwick on Shetland, Kirkwall on Orkney, Stornoway on Lewis, and Portree on Skye.

Also, Thurso, Alness, Aviemore and Nairn could have opening hours cut.

During last year's board meeting, Highland councillor Hamish Wood said 1,020 people had signed a petition urging for the retention of the station at Beauly.

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