Control room closure concern

MP is concerned over changes
MP is concerned over changes

An MP has raised concerns that the closure of Police Scotland’s Stirling control room will lead to potential delays in police officers attending vital emergency calls.

MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, Michael Connarty, has written to Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, seeking assurances that local calls for assistance, which will now be handled at Bilston Glen in Edinburgh will not cause service disruption.

The fears have been raised after the Scottish Ambulance Service underwent a similar process, which saw ambulances en-route to life-saving 999 calls getting lost in Linlithgow Bridge and Whitecross. Both locations share the same EH49 postcode although one is in West Lothian while the other is in Falkirk district.

Mr Connarty said: “Centralisation may make sense financially, but as a public service tasked with protecting our communities, my fear is that Police Scotland lose the trust that the police have in our area if the centralisation agenda continues unabated within my constituency.”