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Paper launches fight to save Police control centre

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The East Anglian Daily Times has launched a major campaign against proposals to move the Suffolk police control centre to neighbouring Norfolk.

The Archant Suffolk daily title carried a front-page plea to abandon the proposal to combine police control centres for Norfolk and Suffolk at Norfolk Police’s Wymondham HQ and save an estimated £1.844million a year.

Editor Terry Hunt said: “This money-saving move is not in Suffolk’s best interests. It would put lives at risk and would leave the county without a single emergency service control room. How can that be right for a county with a population of 720,000?

“Other police forces across the country have looked at this idea and not gone ahead. In emergency situations, local knowledge and split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death. That’s why our police control room must stay in Suffolk. Lives are more important than money.

“We are calling on our police chiefs to say no to this short-sighted proposal and seek to find the necessary financial savings in other areas, away from frontline policing,” wrote Terry.

Dozens of serving and former Suffolk police officers and staff have spoken out publicly against the plans and are among more than 2,000 people who have signed a Unison-hosted petition against the relocation.

The Unison petition’s webpage has received a torrent of impassioned pleas to keep the police control room in Suffolk.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has said that he is sceptical about the proposed merger and that he will only agree to it if he believes it is in the best interests of the people of Suffolk.

© Archant Ltd 2013