Enquiry office closes in Alfreton

Alfreton police enquiry offfice closed on Monday to cope with pressures in the policing budget.

Derbyshire Constabulary is predicted to have a £13million shortfall by the end of the 2012/13 financial year and £24million by 2014/15.

Police officers will still be present at the station, but residents wishing to contact the force while are advised to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “The way we deliver services to the public has moved on greatly in the last few years and many of the things that enquiry offices used to be the first port of call for are now being delivered elsewhere. This is not a decision we have taken lightly.”