Sarah Dines MP welcomed the new Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster to Bakewell to give her a briefing on Sarah’s campaign to re-open Bakewell Police Station and to discuss police issues within Derbyshire Dales. Sarah and Angelique were joined by County Councillor Alasdair Sutton.
Sarah Dines said, ‘It is absolutely clear that the residents of Bakewell and the surrounding villages would love to see the Police Station open once again. From the comments of residents, there seems to be a real desire and a need to see the Police Station open in Bakewell. Sadly I hear from residents that they feel rural crime is on the rise and I know that opening the station, which is currently left entirely vacant, would be a common-sense solution to tackling this problem head on.
Across Derbyshire Dales I believe we need more Police Officers, but it would be a good start to have a station in the north of the constituency. Some areas of Derbyshire Dales are remote and isolated and it is my belief that having a station in Bakewell would go a long way in promoting a safe community for Bakewell and the surrounding area. Cllr Sutton and I were delighted to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster to Bakewell to discuss this issue and brief her on our campaign. We had a wide-ranging discussion at the Bakewell Fire Station before walking into the town centre to the old police station.
We are meeting again in September to discuss options for the old Police Station and I look forward to hopefully seeing these plan develop.’