Police stations in Ovenden, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Hebden Bridge will shut to save cash

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Police stations in Ovenden, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Hebden Bridge will be shut and sold off in a bid to meet Government spending cuts.

Divisional commander for Calderdale Police Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern says he can save £100,000 alone not having to spend money on heating, lighting and rates for the four stations.

Selling the buildings would also generate extra cash.

None of the stations are currently open to the public.

Calderdale officers will now be based at three hubs - the existing stations in Halifax, Brighouse and Tomdorden.

Chief Superintendent Hardern said officers will still be on patrol in the areas where stations were shut as they were before.

He is also working to secure space in other agency’s buildings for officers to go if they need to complete paperwork, such as Pennine Housing offices in Mixenden and Illingworth.

Some supermarkets have offered space in their canteens where officers can spend their meal breaks.

“The public won’t see any difference in our service delivery,” he stressed.

“We respond to 97 per cent of our emergency calls within 15 minutes. The average is eight minutes.”

The Courier revealed in May that Chf Supt Hardern was considering closing the four police stations to save money.

At the time, he said he would rather close buildings than cut police numbers.

He said tough decisions would need to be made.

West Yorkshire Police has been hit by cuts in its budget amounting to 20 per cent by 2015.

An ongoing review of the public helpdesks across West Yorkshire Police could save £2m.