Petition launched to save Barton police station
THE battle to keep a community police station open has stepped up with a petition.
Barton's police station is threatened with closure under plans by Gloucestershire Police Authority which would replace it with a 'police point'.
Opponents have been collecting signatures in Eastgate Street, led by Rupi Dhanda, Labour's candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner.
The PCC post will replace the police authority later this year and they will have the power to turn down the recommendation to close it.
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Mrs Dhanda said: "We collected at least 200 signatures.
"People are angry. We all know what happened with the riots and Barton police station was at the heart of that."
Councillor Kate Haigh, Leader of the Labour group, and Barton and Tredworth councillor Usman Bhaimia were also part of the group.
Former mayor of Barton Mahmoud Patel thinks most Barton residents are against the closure.
He said: "It will affect young and old, criminal and non-criminal and it would be a great shame to see it go.
"Officers based there have a great relationship with the communities and it's reassuring to know there's someone we can go and speak to."
A police spokesman said: "As stressed before, no decision has been made about Barton Street.
"The strategy is a long-term one which aims to provide buildings that are fit for purpose, supporting policing in Gloucestershire. It will be an issue for the Police and Crime Commissioner to determine."