Police decline Swaffham meet

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Police chiefs have refused to attend a special public meeting on the planned closure of the Swaffham station’s inquiry office.

Councillors met with senior officers last month to discuss the proposal, which has been the subject of widespread anger since it was announced in February, though some have called for a public meeting.

But, in a letter reported to the town council’s meeting on Wednesday, Chief Supt Mike Fawcett said there was “no need” for a further meeting.

He said: “The police have clearly explained the rationale and decision-making process behind the decision.”

However, the meeting was also told that the area’s chief inspector, Paul Wheatley, will attend the town’s annual assembly on April 22.

The force has maintained the closure is necessary because of the small numbers of people using the office, which it says are among the smallest in the county.

But critics say the move, together with an increase in the police portion of the council tax, means residents are paying more for a reduced service.

Last month, councillors were told schemes including drop-in sessions were being examined as a way of reducing the impact of the closure.

And Mr Fawcett said the police “look forward” to working with the town council to deliver the best possible service to the public.

But mayor Shirley Matthews retorted: “Communication would help.”